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About Michael Gillespie

Dr. Gillespie’s research focuses on the historical and contemporary circumstances of poverty and food insecurity at the national, state, and local levels. His work compares trends in assistance programs for poor persons and families with other social, economic, and political conditions over time, and follows how policies and procedures generate and perpetuate social inequalities.
As a scholar activist, he is currently looking at such conditions in the East-Central Illinois region, using government data and geographical mapping techniques to educate stakeholders about the incidence of poverty, inequality, and food insecurity in Coles County and surrounding areas. This has lead to the development of the Coles County Poverty Data Project, a repository of data and information on poverty in Coles County, Illinois.


Present Associate Professor, Eastern Illinois University Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology
Present GIS Faculty, Eastern Illinois University GIS

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, American Statistical Association
Present Member, Midwest Sociological Society
Present Member, Society for the Study of Social Problems
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  • Sociology 3630: Statistical Analysis of Social Data
  • Sociology 4131: Sociology of Poverty and Social Welfare
  • Sociology 4900: Current Issues in Sociology
  • Sociology 2830: Family and Society


2010 PhD, Western Michigan University
2003 MS, The University Of Michigan ‐ Social Work
2001 BA, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Contact Information

Office: 3139 - Blair Hall
Phone: 2175817107

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