Michelle L. O'Brien

Michelle L. O'Brien
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology
University of Washington
shannml@uw.edu

Research Interests

Armed Conflict, Demography, Migration, Ethnic Politics

Education

2018 (anticipated August) - Ph.D., Sociology
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Dissertation: The Long-Term Consequences of Armed Conflict for Population Change in Tajikistan


2014 - M.A., Sociology
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Thesis: Migration as an Adaptive Response to Ethnic Nationalism in Russia


2007 - B.A., Sociology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Peer Reviewed Publications


O'Brien, Michelle. 2017. "Migration as an Adaptive Response to Ethnonationalism in Contemporary Russia." Migration Studies. Oxford University Press.

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.

Conference Presentations

Teaching Experience

Primary Instructor
Summer 2018 – Research Methods in Sociology
Spring 2018 – War
Summer 2015 – Research Methods in Sociology

Teaching Assistant
Winter 2018 – Social Problems
Spring 2014 – Research Methods in Sociology
Spring 2013 – Sociological Theory
Winter 2013 – Sociological Theory
Autumn 2013 – Introduction to Sociology

Guest Lectures
"Operationalization of Ambiguous Variables - Coding Nationalism and Ethnic Politics in Russia"
Spring 2014 – Research Methods in Sociology
Spring 2014 – Comparative International Studies (Graduate level)

Selected 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

Selected Awards

2017
Boba Research Fellowship, Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies, University of Washington ($2000)
Best Poster, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology Graduate Trainee Spotlight, University of Washington

2015 to 2016
Training Fellowship (two-year), Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology


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


2014
Travel Grant, Center for Statistics and the Social Science, University of Washington


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

Professional Service

2018-present
Member, Board of Directors, Lifting Hands International

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

American Sociological Association
Population Association of America
Association for the Study of Nationalities
Central Eurasian Studies Society

International Experience

Extended Travel and Fieldwork
Tajikistan – 2017
Myanmar – 2016
Nepal – 2015
Bulgaria – 2010
Austria – 2007
Russia – 2006, 2007

Language Proficiencies
English, native
Russian, proficient

Statistical Programming Languages

R, Stata, Python, GIS