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.