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 a research analyst at Baylor University’s Center for Community Research and Development and is a 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 analysis and remote sensing, hierarchical linear modeling, and Bayesian approaches to statistical regression. He has utilized community-based participatory research to convey complex federal statistical data to an affected audience.

Substantively, Lotspeich’s academic interests utilize federal microdata to empirically define the innovative capacities of America’s citizens and their relationship with institutions—specifically within rural communities and civil-military relations. In his thesis, supervised by Dr. Charles Tolbert, Lotspeich leveraged hierarchical age-period-cohort with cross-classified random effect modeling (HAPC-CCREM) as a predictor of change in institutional trust. Forthcoming publications address the economic competitiveness of veterans in civilian labor markets and the spatial effect of installations on community economic performance.

With these substantive and methodological interests in mind, Lotspeich decided to come to Baylor to study with Dr. Charles Tolbert. Dr. Tolbert specializes in studies of social stratification, social demography, rural sociology, and social research methods. Under his purview, Lotspeich is currently assisting collaborators at Baylor and Texas A&M University in the use of “big data” to profile rural ‘Vetrepreneurs.’ His research assistantship, along with work in the Baylor Center for Community Research and Development, provides experiences for applied analytical work with real-world significance.

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 in 2021. 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,  Charles M. Tolbert, and F. Carson Mencken. Forthcoming. “Oil and Gas Development and Small Business Lending in U.S. Nonmetropolitan Counties.” Journal of Maps.


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