Michelle S. Phelps                       Return to Awards page.


2012 Student Paper Award, Honorable Mention

Michelle Phelps is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. Michelle received her B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley in 2005.  Her research is in the sociology of punishment, focusing in particular on the punitive turn in the U.S. Her dissertation focuses on the rise of probation supervision as a criminal justice sanction and its relationship to mass incarceration. Michelle also has projects looking at the changes in rehabilitative programming in U.S. prisons since the 1970s, the recent decarceration trend and its implications for inequality, and inmates' trajectories across prison contexts. Her work has been published in Law & Society Review, Journal of Criminal Justice, and an edited volume from Russel Sage Press. For more information, please visit her website.