Michelle Fine is a founding faculty member of the Public Science Project, which produces critical scholarship for use in social policy debates and organizing movements for educational equity and human rights.
Fine is a recipient of honorary degrees from Bank Street College and Lewis and Clark University and is a much sought-after commencement speaker. A sampling of her most cited books and policy monographs includes The Changing Landscape of Public Education (2013), with Michael Fabricant; Charter Schools and the Corporate Makeover of Public Education (2012), with Michael Fabricant; Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion (2008), with Julio Cammarota; Muslim-American Youth (2008), with Selcuk Sirin; Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School, and Institutional Change (1997), with Lani Guinier and Jane Balin; Working Method: Research and Social Justice (2004), with Lois Weis; and her classic Framing Dropouts: Notes on the Politics of an Urban High School (1991). She was principal investigator for the 2001 report “Changing Minds: The Impact of College in a Maximum-Security Prison,” which is recognized as the primary empirical basis for the contemporary college in prison movement.
Fine has been a visiting scholar at the University of New Zealand in Auckland and a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Arab Studies at Haifi University. Fine and colleagues have provided expert testimony in more than a dozen groundbreaking legal victories focused on gender, race, and class equity in education.
Among other awards, Fine has received the 2013 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, the 2012 Henry Murray Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology of the APA, the 2010 Social Justice and Higher Education Award from the College and Community Fellowship for her work in prison, and the 2011 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for her mentoring legacy over the past twenty-five years.