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Michael Lorr


Michael J. Lorr, Ph.D.
Director of the Community Leadership Program

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: AB 24C
Phone: (616) 632-2433


Dr. Michael J. Lorr joined Aquinas College in 2014 as Director of the Community Leadership Program and Associate Professor of Sociology. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State College, Jacksonville and prior to that a Lecturer of Sociology at DePaul University, Chicago. Before coming to Aquinas, Dr. Lorr worked with multiple community organizations addressing recidivism rates in ex-offenders, access to education, and food justice. He took his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned his M.A. and B.A. degrees in Sociology from DePaul University. Dr. Lorr is an urban, environmental, and cultural sociologist, who studies cities’ sustainable development attempts and the subcultures of punk rock and skateboarding. His two most recent articles were: “More than Just a Soundtrack: Toward a Technology of the Collective in Hardcore Punk” published in the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography and “Defining Urban Sustainability in the Context of North American Cities” published in Nature & Culture. Also, as an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Dr. Lorr enjoys mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits in his spare time.