Michael Niño

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Michael Niño received his PhD from the University of North Texas in 2015, with emphases in Medical Sociology and Research Methods and Statistics. Professor Niño teaches courses in Latina/o Sociology, Medical Sociology, and Quantitative Methods and Statistics. His research agenda integrates theory and methods from the biological, social, and behavioral sciences to advance our understanding of population health within marginalized communities. His dissertation work focused on how various peer relationships influence adolescent health behaviors among immigrant and socially isolated youth.

Currently, Professor Niño is working on two research projects. The first, partially funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship, examines how various dimensions of acculturation and perceived discrimination influence biological dysregulation (i.e. allostatic load) among Latina/os. The second project investigates how the intersections of race and parental incarceration influence cellular aging (i.e. telomere length) among young children. His research has been published in a number of academic journals such as Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Journal of School Health, International Migration Review, Addictive Behaviors, and the Journal of Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

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.