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Michelle S. Phelps

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Minnesota

Michelle S. Phelps is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on policing, prisons, and probation during the United States' turn to more punitive punishment in the late 20th century and more recent attempts to reform, transform, and dismantle the criminal legal system. You can learn more at


  • 2019–present
    Associate Professor, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
  • 2013–2019
    Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)


  • 2013 
    Princeton University, Ph.D. / Sociology