Michael F. Thompson
Michael is broadly interested in political and economic sociology with a focus on stratification, socioeconomic mobility, workforce development and social movements. His dissertation research focuses on the role of political institutions on the enactment of state minimum wage legislation across the U.S. and the impact of these laws on income inequality and employment. Michael completed his PhD qualifying exams in political sociology and his minor in Latin American & Caribbean studies. He also examines contemporary social movements and collected survey data at several protest events along with fellow graduate students for his MA thesis.
Michael has enjoyed teaching introductory and political sociology courses, as well as applied statistical methods, here at IU Bloomington as well as at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Currently, he serves as a research analyst for the Indiana Business Research Center and collaborates on grant-funded projects for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, the Economic Development Administration and the Lumina Foundation.
Though born in New York, Michael grew up in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago. He returned to the US for college at Yale and spent a few years doing social work in New York City and business research in Trinidad before joining IU Sociology. Michael lives in Bloomington with his wife Laila Amine (also a PhD student) and enjoys high school volunteering, Gumboot dancing, swimming and listening to music from across the globe.