Michael Pollard

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Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, Duke University; M.A. and B.A. in sociology, University of Victoria

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Michael S. Pollard is a sociologist at the RAND Corporation. His research areas include demography, family structure, adolescents, and social relationships and health (physical, mental, and health behaviors). His recent work has focused on the health implications of different types of friendship and romantic relationships. He is also interested in data collection.  He lead the RAND 2016 Presidential Election Panel Survey project, tracking voter beliefs and intentions for a year leading up to the election. He is also co-PI on the RAND American Veterans Panel. His work has been published in RAND reports as well as in numerous academic journals. Pollard received his Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University.

Recent Projects

  • RAND 2016 Presidential Election Panel Survey and RAND 2014 Midterm Election Opinion Study
  • Current and Future Demographics of the Veteran Population: 2014-2024
  • Exploring the Formation of an American Veterans Panel
  • Context of Adolescent Risk Behaviors In Networks (CARBIN)
  • Nonmarital Cohabitation in Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Selected Publications

Pollard, Michael S., Tucker, Joan S.; Green, Harold D.; de la Haye, Kayla.; Espelage, Dorothy L., "Adolescent Peer Networks and the Moderating Role of Depressive Symptoms on Developmental Trajectories of Cannabis Use," Addictive Behaviors, 76, 2018

Collins, Rebecca L., Michael S. Pollard, Steven M. Asch, & Nicole K. Eberhart "Health Implications," in NDRI, Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: An Update of RAND's 1993 Study, RAND (MG-1056-OSD), 2010

Pollard, Michael S. and Kathleen Mullan Harris "Measuring Cohabitation in Add Health," in Hofferth, S.L. and L.M. Casper, eds, Handbook of Measurement Issues in Family Research (Hofferth, S.L. and L.M. Casper, eds.) pp 35-52, Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum, 2007

Pollard, Michael S., Joan S. Tucker, Kayla de la Haye, Harold D. Green & David P., "A Prospective Study of Marijuana Use Change and Cessation Among Adolescents," Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144, 2014

Karney, Benjamin R., David S. Loughran, & Michael S. Pollard, "Comparing Marital Status and Divorce Status in Civilian and Military Populations," Journal of Family Issues, 22, 2012

Pollard, Michael S., Joan S. Tucker, Harold D. Green, David Kennedy, & Myong-Hyun Go, "Friendship Networks and Trajectories of Adolescent Tobacco Use," Addictive Behaviors, 68, 2010

Wu, Zheng, Margaret J. Penning, Michael S. Pollard, and Randy Hart, "In Sickness and in Health: Does Cohabitation Count?" Journal of Family Issues, 24, 2003

Pollard, Michael S. and S. Philip Morgan, "Emerging Parental Gender Indifference? Sex Composition of Children and the Third Birth," American Sociological Review, 67, 2002

Honors & Awards

  • Blue Ribbon Award, 2004, 2008, Population Association of America