Faculty Profile for Dr. Michelle Lynn Edwards
Biography and EducationI am originally from Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley. I received my B.A. in Sociology from Rice University in 2005, my M.A. in Sociology from Texas State University in 2009, and my Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University in 2013. I taught at Texas Christian University from 2013-2018. I began teaching at Texas State University in 2018.
Teaching InterestsMy favorite classes to teach are about methods and environmental sociology! At Texas State, I have taught the following courses: Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1310), Society & Environment (SOCI 3365), Quantitative Research Methods (SOCI 4308), and Applied Survey Research (SOCI 5388J).
Research InterestsMy research interests are related to environmental concerns, risk perceptions, perceptions of science, social inequality, and quantitative and qualitative methods. Past research studies have included a qualitative study of community organizers for farmworkers in Texas, a survey of Washington and Nebraska residents on water governance issues, and a qualitative study of stakeholder perceptions of risk related to hydraulic fracturing in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. I have recently worked with Hannah Edwards (now a Ph.D. student at University of Colorado-Boulder) and Briana Luna (now a DPT student at UTSA) on a study of how the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process is implemented for immigrant detention centers. I am also working on a research project with Hannah Edwards and Caden Ziegler (a current Texas State undergraduate student) exploring the views of people who are involved in organizing and implementing environmental training programs in prisons.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
- Edwards, M. L., Luna, B., & Edwards, H. (2021). Environmental Injustices in Immigrant Detention: How Absences Are Embedded in the NEPA Process. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 4(2), 429–450. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1177/2514848620909734
- Edwards, M. L. (2019). Nebraska Residents’ Perceptions of Drought Risk and Adaptive Capacity to Drought. Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 34(1).
- Edwards, M. L. (2019). Uncertainty and Trustworthiness in Discussions of Fracking: Exploring the Views of Academic Scientists and Local Governmental Representatives. The Extractive Industries and Society, 6, 1113–1121.
- Edwards, M. L. (2018). “Just Report the Science”: How Scientists Frame Their Engagement in Contested Debates over Fracking in the Barnett Shale. Energy Research & Social Science, 45, 67–74.
- Edwards, M. L. (2018). Public Perceptions of Energy Policies: Predicting Support, Opposition, and Nonsubstantive Responses. Energy Policy, 117, 348–357.
- Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State Alumni Association. 2020
- Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellence: Teaching (Assistant Professor), Nominated by the Department of Sociology. 2020
- Award / Honor Recipient: Received a "Snap" from a student, National Residence Hall Honorary. 2018
- Award / Honor Recipient: Mitosfsky Innovators Award to the Dillman Research Team, American Association for Public Opinion Research. 2017
- Award / Honor Recipient: Senior Class Legacy Gift from Katherine French (Former Student), Texas Christian University. 2017
- Edwards, Michelle L. Honorarium for Serving as Panel Moderator for 'The Socio/Demographic/Cultural Profiles of Scientists', Toward a Vision of Diversity in Science and Society Symposium, Texas State University, $500. (Funded: 2018). Grant.
- Edwards, Michelle L (Principal). Dissertation Research Grant, Department of Sociology, Washington State University, $500. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
- Edwards, Michelle L (Principal). Travel Grant, Department of Sociology, Washington State University, $250. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
- Edwards, Michelle L (Principal). Registration Grant, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Washington State University, $100. (Funded: 2012). Grant.
- Edwards, Michelle L. Travel Scholarship, Department of Sociology, Washington State University, $475. (Funded: 2011). Grant.
Selected Service Activities
Liberal Arts Budget, Planning and Curriculum Committee/Liberal Arts Faculty Advisory Council
Introduction to Sociology Assessment Committee
Undoing White Supremacy Austin
District 5 for Black Lives