Department of Sociology

Graduate Students

Michelle Lynn Edwards


Areas of Interest

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods; Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology; Community Sociology; Labor Markets and Organizations; Social Justice Issues.


B.A. Sociology and Environmental Policy Studies - Rice University
M.A. Sociology - Texas State University

Current and/or Anticipated Research

My dissertation research explores the public’s perception of water governance organizations at different spatial scales (local and regional) across two states, Nebraska and Washington.  In order to measure public perception, I designed and implemented, along with colleagues Dr. Don A. Dillman (of WSU and the SESRC) and Dr. Jolene D. Smyth (of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), a large-scale general public household survey using both web and mail modes and address-based sampling.  In addition, this study included a methodological experiment testing the effects of local (within state) and distant (out of state) university sponsorship on survey response rates. 

Recent Publications

Edwards, Michelle L. 2011. “‘Our People Are Still Resisting’: Farmworker Community Organizing and the Texas Agricultural System.”  Organization & Environment 24(2):175-191.
Messer, Benjamin L., Michelle L. Edwards, & Don A. Dillman. 2012. “Determinants of Item-Nonresponse to Web and Mail Respondents in Three Address-Based Mixed-Mode Surveys of the General Public.”  Survey Practice, April:
Frickel, Scott, and Michelle L. Edwards. Forthcoming. ‘‘Untangling Ignorance in Environmental Risk Assessment.’’ In Powerless Science? The Making of the Toxic World in the Twentieth Century, edited by S. Boudia and N. Jas, 1-29. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.
Kmec, Julie A. and Michelle L. Edwards. Forthcoming. “Human Resources.” In Sociology of Work: An Encyclopedia, edited by Vicki Smith. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Recent Presentations

Edwards, Michelle L. 2011.  “Latina/o Farmworkers and Sex-based Employment Inequality: The Mechanism of Recruitment.”  Paper presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV.
Edwards, Michelle L. and Don A. Dillman. 2012. “The Challenge of Going National: An Experimental Evaluation of the Effects of Local versus Distant Survey Sponsorship on General Public Internet and Mixed-Mode Response Rates.” Poster presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) annual meeting, Orlando, FL.
Edwards, Michelle L. To be presented in August 2012. “An Approach to Science Education: A Lesser Known Contribution of George Herbert Mead.” Paper to be presented at the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting, Denver, CO.


Michelle Lynn Edwards

Contact Michelle

Phone: (509) 335-4595 (msgs)

Curriculum Vitae


  • WSU Alumnus Jackson Featured Speaker at Fall Sports Banquet
  • Soccer Hosts Cougar Classic Tournament To Open 2006 Campaign
  • Texas Native Signs Letter of Intent for Cougar Tennis
  • Cougars Final Scrimmage Produces Pair Of Scoring Drives
  • Bruce Added To Rotary Lombardi Watch List
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