Michelle Meyer

Assistant Professor

Louisiana State University

Michelle Meyer is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Louisiana State University. Before joining LSU, she was a post-doc researcher with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. 

She completed a PhD in sociology at Colorado State University in 2013, and received a BA in Sociology from Murray State University. She is a Next Generation of Hazard and Disasters Researchers Fellow and also an Early-Career Research Fellow with the Gulf Research Program 2016. 

Her 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 organizational networks in long-term recovery; 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. 

Her research has been funded by NSF, NAS, PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowship, Midwest Sociological Society, and Rural Sociological Society. She collaborates on research with organizations including GeoHazards International, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and t.e.j.a.s. for environmental justice. She teaches research methods and environmental sociology at LSU, and was selected by the undergraduate Sociological Society as Professor of the Year in 2015. Her dissertation received the Samuel H. Prince Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Hazards and Disasters by the IRCD.