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  • Michael Welch
  • Professor of Criminal Justice
  • Areas of Specialization: Punishment/Corrections, Foucault Studies, Human Rights
  • Office: Lucy Stone Hall, Room A357
  • Campus: Livingston Campus
  • Phone: 848-445-4284
  • Email: retrowelch@crimjust.rutgers.edu
  • Education: 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)


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.



Professor Michael Welch is hosting the CJ WRITING WORKSHOP aimed at assisting students improve term papers and related projects. He is available for individual tutorial (one hour) sessions on Tuesdays (beginning on 10/20/2020) and Thursdays at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm (on a first-come, first-served basis). Please send him your papers in advance (via attachment in a Word document). For a Tuesday session submit your paper the prior Wednesday by 12noon. For a Thursday session submit your paper the prior Sunday by 12noon. Professor Welch will take time to review your work and return a marked-up version before the scheduled session which will be conducted via telephone (he will email his contact number to you). Please be sure to format your paper accordingly: Word document, single spaced, 12 pitch, Times New Roman, and the reference/citation style of your choice. Clever titles are always appreciated!

For students who are still planning a writing project, and have yet to prepare a paper, Professor Welch is also available for consultation. During that scheduled session, Professor Welch will discuss with students their ideas and interests and ways to formulate them into a paper (e.g., research planning, developing outlines). Therefore, the student is not required to submit a paper in advance to the consultation. Those sessions will be shorter: 30 minutes (e.g., 1pm, 1.30pm and so forth). For student requesting a short 30 minute session, please sign up about 48 hours in advance. That window will give us enough time to exchange emails, phone numbers and develop a rapport before having a proper chat.

You’ll find a signup sheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wDPgdlOAzps64YfsFA4PSjEbS7q1RBEXdhEN_nAq_iI/edit?usp=sharing , where you should sign up for a time, indicate whether you’ll have a draft for him to review, and provide your Rutgers email.