Meyer, Michelle individual record
Associate Professor

Michelle's research interests include disaster recovery and mitigation, environmental sociology and community sustainability, and the interplay between environmental conditions and social vulnerability. Particularly, Michelle studies inequality and how disaster and environmental settings intersect with structural forces that maintain or transform inequality. She uses the lens of social capital and collective efficacy to theoretically understand how relationships between individuals and between governmental and nongovernmental organizations generate or hinder disaster risk and recovery. Hence, her interests have led her to research expansively on volunteer organizations, volunteerism, and philanthropy in disaster. Michelle's dissertation research focused on the interrelation of individual and community resilience and social vulnerability in hurricane-prone communities. Michelle has worked on various research projects including disaster risk perception, social capital in disaster resilience, nonprofit collaboration for disaster recovery, organizational energy conservation, volunteer training program evaluation, evaluation of disaster response plans for individuals with disabilities, social media use among vulnerable populations, how to increase protective action knowledge in Haiti, citizen science protocols for measuring storm-water condition equity, and environmental attitudes and behaviors. She has conducted research in Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, New York, California, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. As well as survey research throughout the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines and in Peru, India, and Turkey. She regularly teaches courses on research methods and statistics, sociology of disaster, environmental sociology, environmental justice, and hazard mitigation and recovery. She has worked with over 20 undergraduates on research projects, most of which are from groups that are underrepresented in science.

selected publications
Academic Articles16
  • Hendricks, M. D., & Meyer, M. A. (2021). Modeling Long-Term Housing Recovery after Technological Disaster Using a Virtual Audit with Repeated Photography. Journal of Planning Education and Research. 0739456x2110029-0739456X2110029.
  • Purdum, J. C., & Meyer, M. A. (2020). Prisoner Labor Throughout the Life Cycle of Disasters. Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy. 11(3), 296-319.
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  • Meyer, M. A., Purdum, J. C., Breen, K., Aggrey, J. K., Forrest, D., Nunez, C., & Peacock, W. G,Meyer, M. A., Purdum, J. C., Breen, K., Aggrey, J. K., Forrest, D., Nunez, C., & Peacock, W. G. (2019). Perspectives from nongovernmental organizations on education and training needs for community disaster recovery.. J Emerg Manag. 17(3), 225-238.
  • Masterson, J., Meyer, M., Ghariabeh, N., Hendricks, M., Lee, R. J., Musharrat, S., ... Zandt, S. V (2019). Interdisciplinary Citizen Science and Design Projects for Hazard and Disaster Education.. Int J Mass Emerg Disasters. 37(1), 6-24.
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  • Meyer, M. A., Mitchell, B., Purdum, J. C., Breen, K., & Iles, R. L. (2019). Previous hurricane evacuation decisions and future evacuation intentions among residents of southeast Louisiana. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 31, 1231-1244.
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  • Zandt, S. V., Masterson, J. H., Newman, G. D., & Meyer, M. A. (2020). Engaged Research for Community Resilience to Climate Change. Elsevier.
  • Peek, L., Wachtendorf, T., & Meyer, M. A. (2021). Sociology of Disasters. Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research. 219-241. Springer International Publishing.
  • Zou, L., Lam, N., Shams, S., Cai, H., Meyer, M. A., Yang, S., ... Reams, M. A. (2020). Social and geographical disparities in Twitter use during Hurricane Harvey. Social Sensing and Big Data Computing for Disaster Management. 103-121. Routledge.
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  • Meyer, M. A., Mitchell, B., Van Zandt, S., & Nolan, S. (2020). The 2016 Unexpected Mid-State Louisiana Flood: With Special Focus on the Different Rescue and Recovery Responses It Engendered. Louisiana's Response to Extreme Weather. 263-281. Springer International Publishing.
  • Zandt, S. V., Masterson, J. H., Newman, G. D., & Meyer, M. A. (2020). Appendix. Engaged Research for Community Resilience to Climate Change. 193-200. Elsevier.
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  • Masterson, J. H., & Meyer, M. A. (2020). Empowering learners. Engaged Research for Community Resilience to Climate Change. 105-126. Elsevier.
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Repository Documents / Preprints1
  • Zou, L., Liao, D., Lam, N., Meyer, M., Gharaibeh, N. G., Cai, H., Zhou, B., & Li, D. (2021). Social Media for Emergency Rescue: An Analysis of Rescue Requests on Twitter during Hurricane Harvey.
Internet Publications1
  • Meyer, M. A., & Witkowski, G. R. (2018). Want to help after a disaster? Consider waiting a bit. - An article submitted to The Conversation
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  • Mitchell, B. D., Meyer, M. A., Henderson, M., Morrow, B. H., Gladwin, H., Smith, J. C., Breen, K., & Iles, R. (2017). Behavioral Analysis for Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Events.
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Texas A&M University; Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning; 3137 TAMU
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