Michelle A. Meyer
Phone: (225) 578-1115
PhD: Colorado State University, 2013
Office: 18 Stubbs Hall
Dr. Meyer's research interests include environmental sociology and community sustainability, disaster resilience and mitigation, climate change displacement, environmental justice, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. She has worked on various projects, including analyzing governmental and nonprofit networks in long-term recovery; assessing variation in use of social media by population groups during disasters; assessing earthquake protective action messaging in Haiti; comparing disaster recovery following technological and natural disasters; assessing the inclusion of disability in emergency management planning; studying energy efficient building practices; analyzing social capital and collective efficacy for individual and community resilience; developing participatory GIS activities to assess environmental and climate justice in marginalized communities; among others.Following Hurricane Harvey, Dr. Meyer was part of three funded research efforts to understand long-term recovery, social media use for rescue efforts, and emergent rescue behavior among local boat owners. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowship, Midwest Sociological Society, and Rural Sociological Society. Recently, her dissertation received the Samuel H. Prince Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Hazards and Disasters by the ISA's International Research Committee on Disasters for dissertations completed between 2010 and 2014. She is a Next Generation of Hazard and Disasters Researchers Fellow and also an Early-Career Research Fellow with the Gulf Research Program 2016.
Dr. Meyer regularly conducts "public sociology." She collaborates on research with organizations including GeoHazards International, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and t.e.j.a.s. for environmental justice, as well as local long-term recovery agencies in communities she has conducted research in. She presents at community events about disaster resilience including local government and nonprofit conferences and writes for a broad audience, such as this Research Counts article. She and her graduate students recently support the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute complete the study of evacuation behavior for Southeast Louisiana that supports local emergency evacuation planning efforts.
She teaches research methods, environmental sociology, environment and inequality, and sociology of disasters. She was selected by the undergraduate Sociological Society as Professor of the Year during her first year on the LSU faculty. She also received the 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Humanities and Social Science from the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Dr. Meyer hires undergraduates to work on her research grants and has supported 10 undergraduates in her first three years as a professor, half of which have continued on to graduate or law school.
Before joining LSU Department of Sociology in 2014, she was a post-doc researcher with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. She completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at Colorado State University in 2013, and received a BA in Sociology from Murray State University (Go Racers!). You can read more about Dr. Meyer's work on her website: michelleameyer.weebly.com.