Michael D. Schulman, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Behavior
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor
North Carolina State University


Michael Schulman, PhD specializes in the sociology of work and industry, focusing on the social psychological and behavioral adaptations made by individuals and families to changes in economic conditions, the organization of work and labor processes.

He has completed research on stress and adaptation to economic hardship among rural families, on changes in the structure of agriculture and on textile worker responses to technological change and firm consolidation. He also has examined the impact of economic restructuring on occupational mortality rates and developed ecological models to examine the relationship between the employment and demographic characteristics of labor markets and occupational fatality rates.

He is a co-author on publications about the work conditions, occupational hazards and injuries experienced by young workers. Recent work includes analyses of obeseogenic environments and racial differences in obesity rates. He is a professor of sociology and anthropology at North Carolina State University.

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Research Award
2012, Rural Sociological Society

Lifetime Mentorship Award
2012, North Carolina State University Sociology Graduate Student Association

Research Activities

Adolescent health
Injury control and prevention
Rural health
Worksite/occupational health


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975
  • MS, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1973