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 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 the author of Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice. Her new projects focus on policing, police reform, and community supervision and health.

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)