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Michelle Malkin

PhD Student

MS 2016 Michigan State University
JD 1998 Northeastern University
BA 1995 Southern Illinois University


Michelle L. Malkin is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice. Her doctoral cognate is in Public Health. Michelle holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Sociology with minors in Women’s Studies and Theater from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Michelle serves as a Graduate Fellow (2012-13, 2015-16, 2017-18) in the MSU Bailey Scholars Program where she is a Lead Convener for undergraduate courses leading to a Minor in Leadership in Integrated Learning.

Michelle worked as a union/employment discrimination attorney for three years, prior to leaving the full-time practice of law to work as a leader in grassroots non-profit development and management.  She also taught for six years as an adjunct instructor in the Criminal Justice and Business Law programs at Green River Community College. During her time at Michigan State University, Michelle has served as the Program Coordinator and the Academic Coordinator at Upward Bound (a federally-funded TRIO program).

Michelle’s research interests focus on (1) women in corrections; (2) addiction motivated crime; (3) queer criminology; (4) convict criminology; and (5) the federal criminal justice system.