Michelle Fine

Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education

Graduate Center, CUNY



Michelle Fine is a founding faculty member of the Public Science Project (PSP).  A consortium of researchers, policy makers and community activists PSP produces critical scholarship “to be of use” in social policy debates and organizing movements for educational equity and human rights. Recent books and policy monographs include Charter Schools and the Corporate Make-Over of Public Education (Teachers College Press, 2012, with Michael Fabricant), Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion (with Julio Cammarota, Routledge, 2008), Muslim-American Youth (with Selcuk Sirin, New York University Press, 2008), and Working Method: social research and social justice (Routledge, 2004, with Lois Weis).  “Changing minds: The impact of college on women in prison,” nationally recognized as the primary empirical basis for the contemporary college in prison movement (2001). Fine has provided expert testimony in a number of ground breaking legal victories including women’s access to the Citadel Military Academy and in Williams v. California, a class action lawsuit for urban youth-of-color denied adequate education in California. Fine is the recipient of the 2012 Henry Murray Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology of the APA, the 2011 Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the 2010 Social Justice and Higher Education Award from the College and Community Fellowship for her work in prison.  She was awarded the first Morton Deutsch Scholarship Award in 2005 and the Carolyn Sherif Award from the Division 35, Psychology of Women in 2001.



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