Michelle Inderbitzin

Oregon State University
Sociology, School of Public Policy

422C Bexell Hall
Corvallis, OR
mli@oregonstate.edu |  Visit Personal Website

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My research interests include prison culture, juvenile justice, and the possibilities of transformative education. I frequently teach college courses in state prisons and in juvenile correctional facilities, so I have many opportunities to think about how these fields come together and overlap.

Inderbitzin, Michelle. 2009. “Re-entry of Emerging Adults: Adolescent Inmates’ Transition Back into the Community.” Journal of Adolescent Research 24 (4): 453-476
Abstract: This article is based on the sociological analysis of the experiences and perspectives of five young men making the transition out of one state's end-of-the-line maximum security juvenile correctional facility and attempting to reenter the community as emerging adults. As part of a larger ethnographic study of violent offenders in a cottage, these young men shared their observations as they faced their futures with both fear and hope. Upon their release from the institution, they found few people or services to rely on, and they struggled the best way they knew to cope with new and frightening responsibilities of independence and emerging adulthood.
DOI: 10.1177/0743558409336747
Uggen, Christopher, and Michelle Inderbitzin. 2010. “Public Criminologies.” Criminology & Public Policy 9 (4): 725-749.
Abstract: Research SummaryrnrnPublic scholarship aspires to bring social science home to the individuals, communities, and institutions that are its focus of study. In particular, it seeks to narrow the yawning gap between public perceptions and the best available scientific evidence on issues of public concern. Yet nowhere is the gap between perceptions and evidence greater than in the study of crime. Here, we outline the prospects for a public criminology, conducting and disseminating research on crime, law, and deviance in dialogue with affected communities. We present historical data on the media discussion of criminology and sociology, and we outline the distinctive features of criminology?interdisciplinary, a subject matter that incites moral panics, and a practitioner base actively engaged in knowledge production?that push the boundaries of public scholarship.rnrnPolicy ImplicationsrnrnDiscussions of public sociology have drawn a bright line separating policy work from professional, critical, and public scholarship. As the research and policy essays published in Criminology & Public Policy make clear, however, the best criminology often is conducted at the intersection of these domains. A vibrant public criminology will help to bring new voices to policy discussions while addressing common myths and misconceptions about crime.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-9133.2010.00666.x

Substantive Focus:
Law and Policy PRIMARY
Education Policy SECONDARY
Social Policy

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY
Public Opinion SECONDARY