Michelle Fine

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Research Interests

  • Critical Participatory Action Research; Epistemic Justice; Women and the Criminal Punishment System; Structural Racism and Education


  • Ph.D., Columbia University

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, Social Welfare, American Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY and founding faculty member of The Public Science Project, a university-community research space designed in collaboration with movements for racial and educational justice. In addition, I am humbled to be recognized as Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa (UNISA) Psychology department, 2021 – 2024. As a scholar, expert witness in litigation, a teacher and an educational activist, my work centers theoretically and epistemically on questions of justice and dignity, privilege and oppression, and how solidarities emerge.

Awards and Grants

Honorary Degrees from Bank Street College, Lewis and Clark, Stanford University and the Distinguished Alumni award from Teachers College Columbia, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

American Psychological Association, American Educational Research Association, Association of Women in Psychology

Courses Taught

  • Critical methods
  • Decolonizing Psychology
  • Theorizing Social Injustice

Selected Publications