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Hobby Center for the Study of Texas
Rice University
PO Box 1892
MS 202
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone: 713-348-4208
e-mail: hobbycenter@rice.edu 

Michael Cline

Associate Director

Email: mec6@rice.edu

Michael Cline is the Associate Director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University, an applied research center devoted to understanding the determinants and consequences of demographic change in Texas and beyond.  The current work of the Hobby Center includes estimating changes in the uninsured as a result of changes in healthcare policies, understanding the implications of demographic change for transportation demand, and exploring the socioeconomic effects of energy development for communities in Texas among other things.   Dr. Cline previously served as the Director of Research at the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research and the Assistant Director for the Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  His professional work in demography began soon after the 1990 Census – when he assisted in the analyses for re-districting proposals for county commissioner courts in west Texas.   Since that time he has provided demographic research to assist in planning for businesses, non-profits, and other institutions.  In addition to his work in demography, he has provided economic impact assessments of various businesses and organizations including the University of Texas System.  His work is published in various public policy reports and academic and professional journals.   Dr. Cline earned his Ph.D. in Applied Demography from the University of Texas at San Antonio, his M.A. in Geography from Kansas State University and his B.A. in Geography from Texas Tech University.