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Michael G. Lacy, PhD.


Associate Professor Sociology

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-6721   Office: B248 Clark Building

Email:   Lab:


Fields of Expertise

1.) Anthropology, History, and Sociology

Areas of Interest

 Evaluation ResearchNatural Resource and EnvironmentQuantitative Methods


Michael Lacy is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the sociology department, and has been at CSU since 1990. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kansas, and has additional post-doctoral training in computer science and epidemiology. Lacy previously worked at the University of Nebraska Omaha campus and medical center. His recent work has focused on quantitative methods, including the development of new techniques, but he also has collaborated widely with others as a quantitative specialist in diverse topical areas. As a methodologist, he has particular interests in ordered categorical data, and in case-control methods for studying rare events and statuses. Besides the methodological side of his work, Lacy has a longstanding interest in natural resource and environment topics, ranging from his doctoral research on the history of energy consumption in the U. S., up through his more recent work on environmental values in rural India. His published work has appeared in Sociological Methods and Research, American Anthropologist, the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Social Science Quarterly, and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Lacy currently participates on the education and diversity team of CSU's Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes.