Michelle M. Livermore, PhD, LMSW
Janet D. & Herman Moyse III Associate Professor
Office: 2161 Pleasant Hall
PhD, Sociology, Louisiana State University, 2000
MSW, Social Work, Louisiana State University, 1994
BA, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Louisiana State University, 1991
Michelle Livermore, LMSW, PhD is an associate professor and the Janet D. & Herman Moyse III Professor of Social Work at Louisiana State University. Her research focuses on the intersection between social and economic activities and outcomes among low-resource populations, reflecting the social development approach to community development and social policy that motivates her work. Her most recent research examines internet technology as an opportunity and a barrier for these populations. Other work examines alternative financial service use, work program outcomes, employment barriers, informal employment, civic engagement, community social capital, and inter-organizational collaboration.
Livermore, M., Chowdhury, M., Baumgartner, G. & Jeanlouis, J. (2022). Organizational Social Media Use and Community Social Capital: Disparities by Poverty and Racial Composition, Journal of Poverty, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10875549.2022.2080030?src=
Livermore, M. (in press). Global Trends in Community Development: Lessons for the United States in A.R. Roberts & M. C. Hokenstad (Eds.) Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations (2nd Ed), NASW Press.
Dabney,W., Blackmon, B, & Livermore, M. M. (2021). A Typology to Describe School Choice Policy in the United States: Using Cluster Analysis to Categorize States’ Charter School Law Characteristics. Journal of Social Sciences: 134-144
Chen, Z. & Livermore, M. (2020). The Negative Association between Alternative Financial Services Usage and Financial Well-being: Variations by Income. Social Work Research, 44 (3): 183–195, https://doi.org/10.1093/swr/svaa009
Livermore, M., Brown, M.E. & Lim, Y. (2019). Worth Beyond Work? Civic Engagement and Social Support Provision of Benefit Recipients, Journal of Poverty, DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2019.1703128
Brown, M.E. & Livermore, M. (2019). Identifying Individual Social Capital Profiles in Low- Resource Communities: Using Cluster Analysis to Enhance Community Engagement, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. 10 (4): 477-500.
Livermore, M. & Verbovaya, O. (2016). Doing Collaboration: How Organizations Use Facebook to Foster Collaboration. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance 40 (5): 2330-3131. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23303131.2016.1197869
Livermore, M., Powers, R.S., Lim, Y, & Davis, B.C. (2014). Predicting Material Hardship: An Income and Resource Packaging Model Journal of Social Service Research DOI:
Livermore, M. & Scott, J. (2022, January). Unwrapping the Black Box: Critical Discourse Analysis and Doublespeak in Administrative Rulemaking [Poster], 26th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
Powers, R., Livermore, M. M., Norman, H., Hobday, M., (2020, April). Why can't I get online?" Lack of Internet Access in North Carolina, Poster, Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting** CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, Southern Sociological Society, Jacksonville, FL.
Powers, R., Livermore, M., & Brown, J. (2019, April 11). Institutionalized Social Inequality and the Digital Divide [poster], Southern Sociological Society 81st Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA,.
Livermore, M & Brown, M.E. ( 2018, November 9). Deserving or Undeserving? Benefit Recipient’s Civic Engagement and Social Support Provision[poster], Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, Florida. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, Florida.
Powers, R. & Livermore. M.(2018, April 7). Getting Online: Trends Over Time in Internet Access, Southern Sociological Society 81st Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Livermore, M. & Brown, M. Cluster Analysis of Social Capital in Low Wealth Neighborhood Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA, Saturday, January 14, 2017, poster.
Chen, Z. & Livermore, M. The Link Between Alternative Financial Services Usage and Financial Wellbeing: Evidence from a National Survey, Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA, January 13, 2017, poster.
Bickham, L, Lim, M. & Livermore, M. Testing the Asset-Based Theory of American Social Welfare Among American Households, Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA , January 15, 2017, paper.
Selected Grants/Funded Projects
Mahmoud, N. & Livermore, M. (Co-PI). SCC-PG: Utilizing Sharing Economy to Foster Social Capital and Economic Growth in Baton Rouge, National Science Foundation, $148,687 (July 2020 – December 2021)