John Girdwood, PhD
Welcome to my web page. I’m currently a sociologist, program manager, and executive director of a non-profit. This page has links to my activities and archived content. I graduate from Michigan State University with a PhD in Sociology during the Spring 2016 semester. I passed my comprehensive exams and successfully defended my dissertation. Please look around the site to learn more about me. Enjoy!
My Current Hobbies (Record Collecting)
My current purpose of collecting vinyl is to obtain artists either (a) from Michigan in the era between 1960 and 1979 or (b) find artists who played the Sherwood Forest in Davison in the early 1970s. My preference is for artists that align with cultural movements like John Sinclair and what was occurring in Detroit and Ann Arbor from about 1967 through 1975.
I started a non-profit in 2007 to help out the public education system in Michigan (OMIA stands for “Outside Movement Inside Academics”). We started with music in the classroom and progressed toward scholarships. As of 2015, we have distributed roughly $30,000 in scholarships. We continue to support teachers and faculty especially in the Holt Public Schools.
Studying homelessness was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to meet many great people and establish real empathy toward my subjects. I am a true Spartan for life.
My Dissertation Defense
If you want the condensed version of my dissertation, feel free to view the slides that I used to defend my work to my committee.