Emeritus Associate Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Emeritus Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Quantitative Methods, Natural Resource and Environment, Evaluation Research
  • Department:

    • Sociology
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. University of Kansas
  • Curriculum Vitae:


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.