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. Believing in a holistic approach to learning, Michael has a broad range of knowledge including African American history, statistical analysis and philosophy. Inspired by the early Chicago School of Sociologists, Michael is particularly fascinated with the study of urban environments. Michael's specialty areas within sociology are in quantitative methodology, urban sociology, and racial disparities in the criminal justice system. With a quantitative background, Michael is passionate about gathering data and developing statistical models in order to understand dynamics within populations.
In his current research, Michael is attempting to understand associations between parental incarceration and emerging anti-social behaviors within adolescents and young adults. He is particularly interested in racial, ethnic and socioeconomic differences amongst those that have developed anti-social behaviors after being exposed to parental incarceration. Michael is a member of the American Sociological Association, the American Statistical Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Michael 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 continue to engage in research and teaching.
McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Shibley, Professor of SociologyCurriculum Vitae
U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. on October 31st, 2013