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Matt Reid, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

Matt Reid earned his doctoral degree in Sociology at Western Michigan University where he studied Michigan’s medical cannabis community during the state’s shift to a legal adult-use market. Being among the first to document the experiences of cannabis patients in a post-prohibition state, Reid’s research helps re-center the voices of patients in academic conversations of cannabis as medicine. He is currently in the process of publishing his findings while continuing to study the social dynamics of cannabis with attention to biomedicalization, stigma, and inequality.

Reid has taught a wide variety of courses where he emphasizes sociological mindfulness as a means to resist individualistic thinking regarding the social problems of our time. His teaching is informed by social justice and giving voice to the marginalized, and he encourages students to be critical of those with social power and privileges. He is also a firm believer in the power of humor as a tool to break down cognitive barriers and as a way to get students to see the relevance of sociology in their everyday lives. 

Reid is an active member of the Midwest Sociological Society where he serves on the Board of Directors as Media Editor. He is also a member of the American Sociological Society and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. As a proponent of public sociology, he created the website www.PopularSociology.net which features hundreds of free videos illustrative of sociological concepts.

Areas of Expertise

Cannabis; Drugs; Deviance; Medicalization; Masculinities; Sexualities; Qualitative Social Research; Social Justice; Public Sociology

Publications

  • Reid, Matt. (2022). The Transforming Landscape of Cannabis in Southwest Michigan: A Case Study of Regulations and the Role of Small-Scale Growers. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 0(0), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1994924
  • Reid, Matt. (2021). Troubling Claims of Normalization: Continuing Stigmas within Michigan’s Medical Cannabis Community. Deviant Behavior, 0(0), 1-20.   https://doi.org/10.1080/01639625.2021.1953947
  • Reid, Matt. (2021). Locating Struggles with Sociology and Surviving with Mindfulness. In J. A. Van Galen & J. Sablan (Eds.), Amplified Voices, Intersecting Identities: First-Generation PhDs Navigating Institutional Power (pp.60-66). Brill.  https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004445178_008
  • Reid, Matt. (2021). Gender Shark Tank. Activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. American Sociological Association.
  • Reid, Matt. (2021). Book Review: The Medicalization of Marijuana by Michelle Newhart & William Dolphin. Sociological Inquiry91(3), 718-720.
  • Reid, Matt. (2021). Book Review: Pot in Pans by Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Food, Culture & Society, 24(2), 339-341.
  • Reid, Matt. (2021). Film Review: Grass Is Greener. Teaching Sociology, 49(2), 209-211.
  • Reid, Matt. (2020). A Qualitative Review of Cannabis Stigmas at the Twilight of Prohibition. Journal of Cannabis Research, 2(46), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1186/s42238-020-00056-8
  • Reid, Matt. (2020). How To Cohabitate. Contexts, 19(1), 64-65.
  • Reid, Matt. (2018). Lost Letters: Using the Lost Letter Technique to Teach Research Methods. Teaching Sociology 46(4), 356-363. https://doi.org/10.1177/0092055X18776728
  • Reid, Matt. (2017). Photo (Visual) Essay of Social Problems. Assignment published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. American Sociological Association.
  • Reid, Matt. (2016). Gender Roles and Yankee Candles. Activity published in TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. American Sociological Association.

Presentations

  • “Medical Cannabis in a Post-Prohibition State”. Public presentation given at the California University of Pennsylvania. March 2020.
  • “The Case for Visual Sociology”. Pecha Kucha presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. April 2019. 
  • “Lost Letters to Teach Research Methods”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. March 2018.
  • “Sociology Beyond the Classroom: Facebook as an Engaging Learning Commons”. Project presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. March 2016. 
  • “Male Sexual Orientation and the Language of Love”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association. April 2015.
  • “This isn’t ChristianMingle: Gay Men Dating Online”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. April 2014.
  • Session Organizer- Sexy Sociology: Research into the Intimate I and Sexy Sociology: Research into the Intimate II. Annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society. April 2014.

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Buzzallino Family Faculty Scholars Award. Cabrini University (2022).
  • 1976 Foundation Faculty Fellowship (Project Title: Exploring and Experiencing Sociology Outside of the Classroom). Cabrini University (2021).
  • Provost recognition for first-year student retention efforts at Grand Valley State University (2018).
  • Outstanding Student Mentor (Doctoral Level), Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University (2015).
  • Wally Post Award for Service to the Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University (2014).
  • Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award (Master’s Level), Department of Sociology at Western Michigan University (2014).