Michael Welch

Criminal justice

Professor of Criminal Justice


Lucy Stone Hall, Room A357

Livingston Campus



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Office Phone Number: 848-445-4284


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MICHAEL WELCH is a Professor in the Criminal Justice program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA) where his research interests include punishment, Foucault studies, and human rights. His key 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 Social Justice. Welch is author of 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), Ironies of Imprisonment (2005, Sage), Detained: Immigration Laws and the Expanding I.N.S. Jail Complex (2002, Temple University Press), Flag Burning: Moral Panic and the Criminalization of Protest (2000, de Gruyter), Punishment in America (1999, Sage), and Corrections: A Critical Approach (3rd edition, 2011, Routledge). His newest book is titled: Escape to Prison: Penal Tourism & the Pull of Punishment (2015, University of California Press).

He has lectured and delivered papers throughout the United States as well as in Belgium, Canada, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Finland, Thailand, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong, and South Africa. His major works have been translated into Italian, Korean, and Spanish (Argentina, Spain, Venezuela). 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 at Facolta di Giurisprudenza, Universita Degli Studi di Bologna (Italy), Facultad de Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Santa Fe, Argentina), and in the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney (Australia). In 2014, Welch was a Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics. In 2017, he was a Visiting Research Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

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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