“Mickey” is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnoracial Relations at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. As of August 2019, he holds four degrees from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor: a PhD in Sociology, MA in Sociology, MA in Higher Education, and a BA in Applied Linguistics.
His research broadly covers sociology of education, race/ethnicity, social inequality, demography, assortative mating, sociology of law, and specializes in affirmative action bans. He also applies a broad range of methodological approaches in his work: difference in differences, triple differencing, hierarchical modeling, matching techniques, regression decomposition, event history modeling, and qualitative techniques such as qualitative comparative analysis, and content analysis. He works with several sources of data including the NLYS, NELS, CPS, ACS, AAMC, US World & News Reports rankings, IPEDS, CDC WONDER, and the GSS. Furthermore, he has collected many sources of restricted data from the University of Michigan on its students from the Registrar’s Office, University Housing, the Office of Student Life, Greek Life, Admissions, Financial Aid, and has merged it to restricted data from the College Board on high school characteristics. From 2017-2019 he served as a data analyst for the University of Michigan’s Office of Student Life while working on his dissertation.
“Mickey’s” dissertation “The Unintended Consequences of Affirmative Action Bans” draws upon a wide variety of data sources mentioned above. His previous work has been published in the American Journal of Education and the Journal of Higher Education, and has been featured by The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and National Public Radio. So far, his dissertation has received funding from the American Educational Research Association, two papers have been included in paper sessions for the Affirmative Action and Antidiscrimination Policy at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting, and he has been awarded second place for the AAHHE/ETS Outstanding Dissertations Competition. His dissertation chapters are currently under review at various journals.