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Michelle Newton-Francis

Assistant Professor Department of Sociology

Dr. Newton-Francis is a cultural sociologist and criminologist whose research focuses on questions related to deviance, stigma, gender, and work. She has worked as an applied sociologist for programs funded by the US Department of Justice including the Cops in Schools and Safe Schools Training programs. Currently, she serves as a legislative fellow in the US House of Representatives working on a wide range of issues related to homeland security, health and human services, and education. Specifically, she has worked on policy related to human capital resources and management of federal law enforcement, anti-racism in higher education, and regulation of synthetic drugs. In the department, she regularly teaches courses on qualitative research methods, structural inequalities, U.S. society, and senior seminar/capstone. In 2018, she was awarded the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Undergraduate Research. Currently, she serves as the faculty advisor and director of undergraduate studies in the department.


PhD, Sociology, American University MA, Applied Sociology, Old Dominion University BS, Criminal Justice, Old Dominion University

CAS - Sociology
Watkins - 100
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  • Summer 2018

  • Fall 2018

  • Spring 2019