Dr Michael Roettger

Math & Economics (B.S., Tennessee Technological University), Economics (A.M., Washington University in St. Louis), Sociology (M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Senior Lecturer in Demography
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Criminology 1602
  • Demography 1603
  • Sociological Methodology And Research Methods 160807
  • Family And Household Studies 160301
  • Causes And Prevention Of Crime 160201

Research interests

Analysis of panel data

Parental incarceration and long-term outcomes of children

Gene-environment interplay in health and problem behaviors

Inequality related to crime and punishment


Mike Roettger completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008.   Prior to arriving at ANU in 2015, he has held university faculty appointments in the U.S. at Bowling Green State University, The University of Colorado, and Penn State University.   Trained in social and family demography, applied research methods, and criminology, Roettger's research examines long term outcomes associated with a parent undergoing incarceration, inequality related to crime and punishment, and how social environments shape risks for genetic propensities for health and problem behaviors.    Roettger has methodological expertise in analysis of longitudinal panel data and evaluating randomized clinical trials for behavioural interventions, publishing in a range of leading field journals in sociology, epidemiology, criminology, and psychology.   He has collaborated widely on a range of research projects. 

Roettger is especially interested in issues related to parental incarceration.  He is an internationally recognised expert in the field, and his research has examined adverse long-term outcomes associated with having a parent undergo incarceration.   His research has documented adverse outcomes in the U.S. population that include mental and physical health issues, substance abuse, delinquency, and criminal justice involvement.  


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