Michelle S Phelps

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1035 Social Science Bldg

267 19th Ave S

Prof. Phelps’ research is in the sociology of punishment, focusing in particular on the punitive turn in the U.S. Much of her 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 the build-up of mass incarceration and police reform.

For more detailed and up-to-date information, please find her personal website at: www.michellesphelps.com.

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
  • Soc 3101 - Sociological Perspectives on the American Criminal Justice System
  • Soc 4105 - Punishment and Corrections
  • SOC 4125 - Policing America
  • Soc 8190 - Law, Crime, and Deviance Special Topics (Race, Crime, & Punishment)