Michael Niño

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Michael Niño received his PhD from the University of North Texas, with emphases in Medical Sociology and Research Methods and Statistics. His teaching interests include Latina/o Sociology, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods and Statistics. In terms of his research, Professor Niño uses a variety of national data sources to develop, test, and promote the scientific understanding of population health among marginalized groups. His dissertation work focused on how various peer relationships influence adolescent health behaviors. This work has produced articles on how peer networks, based on immigrant generation, influence alcohol misuse, and the interplay between types of social isolation and violence and alcohol and cigarette use. His research has been published in a number of academic journals such as International Migration Review, Addictive Behaviors, and the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Currently, Professor Niño is working on two projects that focus on Latina/o Health. The first study examines developmental trajectories of alcohol use for Latina/os transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood. The second, explores how various forms of acculturation (i.e. language use, immigrant generation, and neighborhood context) intersect to influence cardiometabolic risk among Latina/os in young adulthood.

Selected Publications

Niño, Michael D., Gabe Ignatow, and Tianji Cai. 2016. “Social Isolation, Strain, and Youth Violence.” Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice (epub ahead of print).

Niño, Michael D., Tianji Cai, and Gabe Ignatow. 2016. “Social Isolation, Drunkenness, and Cigarette Use among Adolescents.” Addictive Behaviors 53: 94-100.

Niño, Michael D., Tianji Cai, Gabe Ignatow, and Phillip Yang. 2015. “Generational Peers and Alcohol Misuse.” International Migration Review (epub ahead of print).a

Niño, Michael D. 2014. “Linguistic Services and Parental Involvement among Latinos: A Help or Hindrance to Involvement?” The Social Science Journal 51: 483-490.