Michelle S Phelps

Michelle S Phelps
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Prof. Phelps’ research is in the sociology of punishment, focusing in particular on the punitive turn in the U.S. Her current work focuses on the rise of probation supervision as a criminal justice sanction and its relationship to mass incarceration. She has also examined a variety of criminal justice topics, including: changes in rehabilitative programming in U.S. prisons since the 1970s and the recent decarceration trend and its implications for inequality. Together with Prof. Joshua Page and Philip Goodman, she is also working on a book titled Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice.

For more detailed and up-to-date information, please find her personal website at: www.umn.edu/~phelps.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Sociology and Social Policy, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2013 .
  • M.A: Sociology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2010 .
  • B.A: Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2005 .


  • Crime, Law and Deviance
  • Inequality
  • Mixed Methods
Courses Taught
  • Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System (SOC 3101)
  • Sociology of Punishment and Corrections (SOC 4105)
  • Policing America (SOC 4125)