Michelle L. O'Brien

Michelle L. O'Brien
Fellow, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology
University of Washington
shannml@uw.edu

Education

June 2016
General Exam
Dissertation Prospectus
Pass to Candidacy

October 2015
Comprehensive Exam
Subjects: Political Conflict and Migration
Pass, with distinction

October 2014
Master of Sociology
"Migration as an adaptive response to ethnic nationalism in contemporary Russia"
Committee:
Steven Pfaff
Stewart Tolnay

2007
B.A. Sociology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Minor: Russian Language, Literature, Culture

Research Interests

Migration, Political Conflict, Nationalism, Computational Demography, Russia

Peer Reviewed Publications


Williams, Nathalie, Michelle O'Brien and Xiaozheng Yao. 2016. "Using Survey Data for Agent-Based Modeling: Design and Challenges in a Model of Armed Conflict and Population Change." Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies: Concepts, Methods, and Applications. Eds. Andre Grow and Jan Van Bavel. The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis.

Groeneveld, Jurgen, Anna Klabunde, Michelle O'Brien and Andre Grow. 2016. "How to Describe Agent-Based Models?" Agent-Based Modelling in Population Studies: Concepts, Methods, and Applications. Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis.

O'Brien, Michelle. "Migration as an Adaptive Response to Ethnonationalism in Contemporary Russia." Invitation to revise and resubmit. Migration Studies. Oxford University Press.

Conference Presentations

Invited Talks

"Livelihoods, Risk, and Migration to Russia." Community College Master Teaching Institute, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington. July and August, 2015.
Review and podcast version available here.

"Familiar Adversaries, New Minorities, and the Legacy of the Soviet Union." Tipping Points: Washington State Council for the Social Studies Spring Conference, March 11-13, 2016.

Teaching Experience

Summer 2015 – Instructor – Research Methods in Sociology
Spring 2014 – Teaching Assistant – Research Methods in Sociology
Spring 2013 – Teaching Assistant – Sociological Theory
Winter 2013 – Teaching Assistant – Sociological Theory
Autumn 2013 – Teaching Assistant – Introduction to Sociology
Summer 2007 – Instructor – English as a Foreign Language, Moscow, Russia

Awards and Honors

2014-2015
Winner, Outstanding Performance for the Master of Arts Degree, Department of Sociology, University of Washington
Poster Session Winner, Migration and Urbanization session, Population Association of America Annual Meeting

2013-2014
Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellows Research Program

Undergraduate Awards, 2003-2007
Nominee, Best Undergraduate Student Paper, Slavic Department, University of Michigan
Dean’s List Scholarship, Grand Valley State University

Fellowships and Grants

2015-2016
Training Fellowship, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
Graduate School Chester Fritz Fellowship for International Research and Study, University of Washington (declined)

2014-2015
Travel Grant, Graduate Fund for Excellence and Innovation, University of Washington
Travel Grant, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, University of Washington
Travel Grant, East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

2013-2014
Travel Grant, Center for Statistics and the Social Science, University of Washington
Multiple Travel Grants, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, University of Washington
Travel Grant, Graduate Fund for Excellence and Innovation, University of Washington

2012-2013
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Russian, University of Washington

Professional Service

2016-2017
Graduate Student Volunteer, International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo), eScience Institute, University of Washington

2015-2016
Facilitator, Presenting Your Research Effectively, TA/RA Conference, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Washington
Graduate Student Assistant, Annual Meeting planning, International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association

2014-2015
Graduate Student Coordinator, States Markets and Societies Mellon Grant, University of Washington, Principal Investigator: Gary Hamilton
Coordinator, Seminar on Cultural, Organizational, Political, and Economic Sociology, University of Washington

2013-2014
Coordinator, Graduate Student Research Symposium, Department of Sociology, University of Washington

2012-2013
Student Editor, Social Problems

Professional Associations

Association for the Study of Nationalities
Population Association of America
Association of Slavic and Eastern European Studies
American Sociological Association
Previous – Alpha Kappa Delta, International Undergraduate Sociological Honors Society

Languages

English, native
Russian, proficient

Statistical Programming Languages

R, Stata