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Michael Campbell and his wife Goldie have lived in St. Louis, Missouri since 2012. They have two children, Mila and Zoe, and they enjoy gardening, swimming, hiking, cooking and eating, going to the park and debating and engaging social justice and politics.

Michael has worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2012. His research uses historical methods to examine how politics and institutions shape legal change.This fall Michael is excited to join the University of Denver's Department of Sociology and Criminology. 

Michael received his PhD from the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine. His work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Law & Society Review, Criminology, Punishment and Society and other sociological and criminological academic journals.



His current research includes an extensive collaborative project, The Changing Tides of Mass Incarceration, with Heather Schoenfeld (of Northwestern University) that involves the study of state-level criminal justice reforms that affect correctional populations.

The University of Missouri Research Board, the National Science Foundation, and the Charles Koch Foundation have funded this project which builds on previous work on criminal justice reforms by constructing case studies of state-level penal reforms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Colorado. Over the next three years, Michael and Heather will be comparing and contrasting reforms across these state contexts to better understand the dynamics that shape penal change in the United States.