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Michael R. Meuser
Ph.D. Candidate

meuser@cats.ucsc.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Employment, Education, and Experience

1998 -
1999
Fellow, University of California, Santa Cruz, Monterey Bay Regional Studies program.
1998Fellow, University of California, Davis UC Toxic Substance Research and Teaching Program administered by the Marine Science Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
1994 -
1997
University of California, Santa Cruz - Candidate for the Ph.D. in Sociology with a focus on environmental sociology.
Summer 1996 -
Summer 1997
University of California, Davis, Toxics Substances Research and Teaching Program. Employed as a researcher to assistant Dr. Andrew Szasz with our project, an historical analysis of environmental inequality in Santa Clara County.

Contact: Dr. Andrew Szasz, szasz@cats.ucsc.edu, 408-457-2579.

Fall 1995 -
Spring 1996
Independent research in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Szasz on the history of environmental inequality in Silicon Valley. Research tasks included gathering Toxics Release Inventory (TRI); US Census data and producing GIS maps of census tracts for each decade from 1960 through 1990 for the region; and compiling an environmental justice bibliography.

The WWW site, http://www.cruzio.com/~meuser/EI was established during this period to encourage other researchers to learn from our work and to share their work and ideas with us. The WWW site includes demographic and toxic maps and an environmental justice bibliography. Research for the publication, Environmental Inequalities: Literature Review and Proposals for New Directions in Research and Theory, by Dr. Andrew Szasz and Michael Meuser, Current Sociology , Volume 45(3) (July 1997), was conducted during this period.

Summer 1995Dr. Ronnie Lipschutz, UCSC. Employed as a researcher to assist in gathering data and documents for Dr. Lipschutz's research on Community Wellness.

Contact: Dr. Ronnie Lipschutz, rlipsch@cats.ucsc.edu, 408-459-3275.

Fall 1994 -
Spring 1995
Independent research in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Szasz on the conversion and environmental restoration of Fort Ord, Monterey, CA. Research tasks included library research; on-line research and communication; participant observation; attendance at related meetings in Monterey and San Francisco, CA; and Reno, NV.

Research for the report Stakeholder Participation in the Toxic Cleanup of Military Facilities and its Relationship to the Prospects for Economic Reuse: The Case of Fort Ord, California (prepared for the Economic Development Administration, US Department of Commerce) by Dr. Andrew Szasz and Michael Meuser and the article, Public Participation in the Cleanup of Contaminated Military Facilities: Democratization or Anticipatory Cooptation? by Dr. Andrew Szasz and Michael Meuser, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology (forthcoming), 1997, was conducted during this period.

Winter 1995Dr. Walter Goldfrank, UCSC. Employed as researcher to perform statistical analysis for Dr. Goldfrank's project on worker exposure to pesticides in Chile.

Contact: Dr. Walter Goldfrank, wally@cats.ucsc.edu, 408-459-2453

Summer 1994UCSC Center for Global Transformation. Employed as a researcher to assist Dr. Andrew Szasz. Tasks included library research, field research, and participant observation as preparation for grant proposals to provide funding for further research on the conversion and environmental restoration of Fort Ord, Monterey, CA.

Contact: Dr. Andrew Szasz, szasz@cats.ucsc.edu, 408-457-2579

June 1994M.A in Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Summer 1993Ms. Patricia Allen, Center for Agroecology UCSC. Employed as a programmer to develop a bibliographic retrieval database program.

Contact: Patricia Allen, rats@cats.ucsc.edu, 408-459-4243.

Fall 1992 -
Spring 1993
Independent research in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Szasz, Dr. Hiroshi Fukurai, and Hal Aronson on environmental inequality in Los Angeles County. Research tasks included gathering toxics release inventory (TRI) data; dbase programming; SAS statistical programming; statistical output in the form of maps, charts, and reports; report writing; and the use of a GIS system to produce maps.
Summer 1992University of California, Davis, Toxics Substances Research and Teaching Program. Employed as a researcher to assist Dr. Andrew Szasz on our project, The Demographics of Proximity to Toxic Releases: The Case of Los Angeles County ; Research tasks included gathering toxics release inventory (TRI) data; dbase programming; SAS statistical programming; statistical output in the form of maps, charts, and reports; report writing; and the use of a GIS system to produce maps.

Contact: Dr. Andrew Szasz, szasz@cats.ucsc.edu, 408-457-2579

June 1992B.A. in Sociology with honors, B.A. in Environmental Studies with honors, University of California, Santa Cruz
Fall 1991 -
Spring 1992
Independent research in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Szasz, Dr. Hiroshi Fukurai, and Hal Aronson on environmental inequality in Los Angeles County. Research tasks included gathering toxics release inventory (TRI) data; dbase programming; SAS statistical programming; statistical output in the form of maps, charts, and reports; report writing; and the use of a GIS system to produce maps.
1986 -
1991
Independent Computer Consultant. Developed computer database programs that allowed facilities to track their inventories of toxic materials and produce the required government reports


Relevant Publications

Environmental Inequalities: Literature Review and Proposals for New Directions in Research and Theory, with Dr. Andrew Szasz, Current Sociology, Volume 45(3) (July 1997), pp. 99-120.

Public Participation in the Cleanup of Contaminated Military Facilities: Democratization or Anticipatory Cooptation? with Dr. Andrew Szasz, International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, Volume 34(2) (October 1997), pp. 211-234.

Environmental Inequality Bibliography, with Dr. Andrew Szasz, 1996.

Stakeholder Participation in the Toxic Cleanup of Military Facilities and its Relationship to the Prospects for Economic Reuse: The Case of Fort Ord, California, Report prepared for the Economic Development Administration, US Department of Commerce, with Dr. Andrew Szasz, 1995.

The Demographics of Proximity to Toxic Releases: The Case of Los Angeles County, with Dr. Andrew Szasz, Hal Aronson and Dr. Hiroshi Fukurai, published electronically on the Internet at (1) RTK-Network, Washington, DC; and, (2) IGC Networks, San Francisco, CA, 1994.


Presentations and Participation at Professional Meetings

Incorporating Spatial, Temporal, and Demographic Factor into Environmental Justice Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 1998, San Francisco, CA.

Participant in the Western Governor's Association (WGA) "Forum on Stakeholder Participation in the Environmental Restoration of Tribal and Federal Lands," January 1996, Reno, Nevada.

"Improving Civilian Stakeholders' Participation in the Toxic Cleanup of Military Facilities" at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 1995, Washington D.C.

"Demographics of Proximity to Toxic Releases: the Case of Los Angeles County" was presented at the following four meetings and conferences. The authors of this paper are Professor Andrew Szasz, Michael Meuser, Hal Aronson, and Professor Hiroshi Fukurai.

April 1994, Twentieth Annual Southwest labor Studies Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, California.

November 1993, meeting of the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, University of California, Santa Cruz, California.

August 1993, meeting of the American Sociological Association's Environment and Technology Section, Miami, Florida.

November 1992, meeting of the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, University of California, Santa Barbara, California.

Participant in the Working Group On Community Right-To-Know's workshop, "The Right-To-Know-More," January 1991, Washington, D.C.


Community and Research Affiliations

Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
Californians for Alternatives to Toxics (CATs)
Fort Ord Toxics Project
California Studies Association
Monterey Bay Regional Studies Program
Working Group on the Community Right-To-Know
The University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, UCD
Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UCSC
Environmental Histories, Imagined Landscapes, and "Natural Communities" in Northern California Research Project, UCSC


Professional Affiliations

Forest History Association
American Sociological Association
Pacific Sociological Association
Rural Sociological Society
American Society for Environmental History



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