Michael Lotspeich-Yadao

Michael Lotspeich-Yadao
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-Yadao is a Ph.D. student in the Community Data Analytics track. He is the information assurance strategist at Baylor University’s Center for Community Research and Development and a research associate at the Center for Economic Studies of the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Lotspeich-Yadao’s overarching research portfolio depends on the interdisciplinarity of sociology and computer science to better understand capabilities of America’s military veterans.

He is personally and professionally interested in the development of data-informed programming and activities that strengthen the resiliency of rural communities within the United States. As a computational social scientist, Lotspeich-Yadao utilizes data fusion, mining, and statistical analysis techniques to tease new knowledge from pre-existing federal microdata; these efforts reveal spatial and temporal trends between, and within rural regions. In this workflow, they identify emerging research questions and then find answers that inform programming to improve rural agricultural, economic, and social conditions. These answers and programming, ultimately, build a local capacity for the prosperity of underserved communities through sustainable rural economic development.

At this time, Lotspeich-Yadao is collaborating with colleagues at Baylor, Texas A&M, and Michigan State to investigate differences in coverage between different surveys and across time as it relates to the reported veteran status of business owners. Using federal microdata and distributed computing, they assist the U.S. Census Bureau in understanding the quality of data produced through U.S. Code, Title 13 as well as identify shortcomings of current data, and document new data collection needs.

Lotspeich-Yadao’s forthcoming dissertation uses federal microdata to ascertain how entrepreneurial ecosystems can support military veterans to transition from uniformed service to entrepreneurship in rural communities.

Before attending Baylor, Lotspeich-Yadao completed his B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, and Graduate Certificate in 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.

Recent Publications

Carpenter, C. W., Mencken, F. C., Tolbert, C. M., & Lotspeich. M. C., II. (2019). Locally owned bank concentration and business start-ups and closures in U.S. metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural counties from 1980-2010. The Review of Regional Studies, 50(1): 17-42.

Michael C. Lotspeich II and Charles M. Tolbert II. 2019. "A Longitudinal Analysis of Personal Economic Anxiety, Concern for the National Economy, and Distrust of Government Spending". Socius: Sociological Research for Dynamic World 5:1-3. DOI:10.1177/2378023119872882.

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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