Michael Welch

Criminal justice

Professor of Criminal Justice


Lucy Stone Hall, Room A357

Livingston Campus



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Dr. Michael Welch is a Professor in the Program in Criminal Justice. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Texas in 1987, his M.S. in Criminal Justice Sciences from Illinois State University in 1984, and his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri—Kansas City in 1983.  His research interests include punishment, Foucault studies, and human rights, and he has spent much of his career examining racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in the criminal justice system, especially as they have emerged in the war on crime, the war on drugs, the war on undocumented immigrants, and more recently, the war on terror.

Welch’s writings have appeared in such journals as The British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, Punishment & Society, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, The Prison Journal, Crime, Law & Social Change, and Critical Criminology.  He is author of many books, including: Corrections: A Critical Approach (2011, Routledge), Crimes of Power& States of Impunity: The U.S. Response to Terror (2009, Rutgers University Press), Scapegoats of September 11th: Hate Crimes and State Crimes in the War on Terror (2006, Rutgers University Press), and Ironies of Imprisonment (2005, Sage).  Currently, Welch is working on a book titled Denial of Trial: America's Abuse of Detention at Home and Abroad. Some of his journal publications include: “Penal Tourism and the ‘Dream of Order’: Exhibiting Early Penology in Argentina and Australia” in Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Penology (2012); “The Sonics of Crimmigration in Australia: Wall of Noise and Quiet Maneuvering” in British Journal of Criminology (2012); “Counterveillance: How Foucault and the Groupe d’Information sur les Prisons Reversed the Optics” in Theoretical Criminology (2011); and “Detained in Occupied Iraq: Deciphering the Narratives for Neocolonial Internment” in Punishment & Society: The International Journal of Phenology (2010).

He has lectured and delivered papers throughout the United States as well as in Canada, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Finland, Thailand, Argentina, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, and South Africa.  He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics, as well as a Visiting Professor with the Facolta di Giurisprudenza, Universita Degli Studi di Bologna, Italy, with the Facultad de Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, and with the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia.

For more information about Professor Welch, please visit his website www.professormichaelwelch.com.

Education Areas of Specialization
  • Ph.D. University of North Texas (Sociology)
  • M.S. Illinois State University (Criminal Justice Sciences)
  • M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City (Counseling Psychology)
  • B.A. Benedictine College (Atchison, KS) (Psychology)
  • Punishment/Corrections
  • Foucault Studies
  • Human Rights



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