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McNair Scholars


Michael Menefee

Michael Menefee is a McNair Scholar and Diversity Scholar at Southern Oregon University. He is pursuing a baccalaureate of science degree in Sociology with a minor in Statistics and will graduate in June 2016 with academic honors. Michael’s college education began with a fascination in criminology. After exploring different academic areas, Michael found a home in sociology.  Michael’s academic interests include: the sociology of punishment, quantitative methods, criminology and criminal justice, stratification, and demography. With a quantitative background, Michael is passionate about gathering data and developing statistical models in order to understand dynamics within populations.

Michael’s primary interest is the relationship between mass incarceration and social inequality. Over the summer of 2015, Michael studied at Harvard University under the guidance of Professor Devah Pager, where they examined how people with criminal records search for work. His current research explores the consequences of incarceration for family life, and the effect of parental incarceration on children. Michael is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association. He will be applying to Ph.D. programs in Sociology for Fall term 2016 entry. Michael looks forward to attending graduate school where he will be able to engage in further research. After completing a doctoral degree, Michael wants to become a faculty member at a university, and plans to use his research on the social consequences of mass incarceration to inform policymakers on the collateral consequences of criminal justice policies.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Shibley, Professor of Sociology

Scholar Curriculum Vitae

2015 Summer Internship at Harvard University PowerPoint Presentation: Criminal Records, Race, and the Search for Work

2015 Sociology Senior Capstone Article: Mass Imprisonment and Child Poverty: An Analysis of State-Level Variation: 2003-2013

2014 McNair Summer Research Internship Article: "Maternal Incarceration and Self-Reported Marijuana Use Amongst Adolescents and Young Adults: Result from a Case-Control Study"

2014 McNair Summer Research Symposium Presentation:


2013 SOU McNair Scholars Journal Published Article: "A Methodological Analysis of Data Management and Techniques for Missing Data"