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Venezia Michalsen

Associate Professor, Justice Studies

Dickson Hall 328
BA, Barnard College, Columbia University
MA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
PhD, The Graduate Center, CUNY
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I am very happy to be a part of the Justice Studies Department of Montclair State University.

Before coming to Montclair, I worked for almost six years at the Women's Prison Association (WPA) in New York City, an organization which provides direct services to women who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. As the Director of Analysis and Client Information Systems, I worked on research projects and a reference library, but most of my time was spent designing and managing the computer systems that held the data about the women we served: who they are, what we did with them, and how that work affected their lives.

Before my position at WPA, I worked on research and evaluation projects at John Jay College. My Ph.D. is in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Women and Justice, from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

The classes I teach at Montclair include Statistics, Research Methods, Seminar on Gender and Crime, Human Trafficking, Victimology, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and Criminology.

Links to my work:

Imagining a Less Incarcerated World (Article in the New Haven Independent):

Criminal Justice Insider Radio Interview:

Making Phone Calls Free for Incarcerated People in CT:

Mothering and Desistance in Reentry (My Book):

Abolitionist Feminism As Prisons Close: Fighting the Racist and Misogynist Surveillance “Child Welfare” System: