Michael Lotspeich, II

Community Analytics
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Ph.D., Sociology, Baylor University, expected in May 2021
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2018
B.A., Sociology/Anthropology, Capital Scholars Honors Program, University of Illinois, 2016


Michael Lotspeich is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Baylor University in the Community Analytics track. He is also an information assurance strategist at Baylor University’s Center for Community Research and Development, and research associate at the Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Lotspeich methodologically specializes in applied data analytics, spatial data intelligence and remote sensing, hierarchical linear modeling, and multimodal survey management. He has utilized community-based participatory research to convey complex federal statistical data to an affected audience.

Substantively, Lotspeich’s research portfolio utilizes federal microdata to empirically define the innovative capacities of American citizens and their relationship with public institutions. His current research looks at the intersections of armed national defense forces and rural life. Forthcoming publications address the economic competitiveness of veterans in civilian labor markets, as well as assisting Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service colleagues on the use of big data to profile rural ‘Vetrepreneurs.’

Before attending Baylor, Lotspeich completed his B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Illinois. He also participated in the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at The Ohio State University, in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Lotspeich is projected to complete his doctorate. He plans to seek research positions that best represent the application of his methodological and substantive qualifications.

Michael Lotspeich's Full Curriculum Vitae.

Recent Publications

Michael C. Lotspeich II,  Charles M. Tolbert, and F. Carson Mencken. 2019. “Oil and Gas Development and Small Business Lending in U.S. Nonmetropolitan Counties.” Journal of Maps 15(1):46-51.


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