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Dr. Michael Taquino is a research professor and deputy executive director at Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), an internationally recognized multidisciplinary social and data science research center that provides tailored research, analysis, and software architecture services with an emphasis on workforce and economic development.

Dr. Taquino provides direction for the center’s research, data, and analysis activities and provides oversight for NSPARC’s multidisciplinary scientific team of sociologists, economists, statisticians, geoscientists, and industrial engineers. NSPARC’s scientific team specializes in data modeling and forecasting, social and economic impact research, analytics to support workforce and economic development, and research to drive policy development.

Dr. Taquino has more than 20 years of experience engaging in basic and applied research and managing large-scale, multidisciplinary projects. His work can be found in technical reports, policy briefs and journals such as American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Quarterly, and Rural Sociology. He holds doctoral degrees in Sociology from Mississippi State University and Human Sciences from the University of Catania, Italy.

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