Michael L Walker

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267 19th Ave S


Assistant Professor Michael L. Walker received his B.A. in economics from the University of California-Riverside where he also completed his Ph.D. in sociology in 2014. Michael’s broad research interests include social control, stratification, and inequality, which he pursues through studies of criminal justice generally, and jails specifically. He plans to continue examining jails as a social laboratory where mental health and his more general interests intersect.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2014.
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2011.
  • B.A.: Economics, University of California-Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2006.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Social Stratification
  • Inequality
  • Social Control
  • Sociological Methodology
  • Urban Sociology
Courses Taught
  • SOC 3102 Criminal Behavior & Social Control
  • SOC 4111 Deviant Behavior
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Committee Member: Graduate Admissions Committee, University of Minnesota , 2017 - 2018


  • Committee Member: Manly Deeds Scholarship Committee, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (ΗΠΛ Chapter) Pasadena, CA, 2012 - Present
  • Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute Fellow, Ohio State University, 2014
  • Race and Ethnicity Division Paper Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2013
  • Graduate Division Graduate Research Mentoring Program Award, University California-Riverside, 2013
  • Graduate Dean Dissertation Research Grant, University of California-Riverside, 2013