Michelle Fine


Portrait of Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Centre. Her work addresses theoretical questions of social injustice that sit the intersection of public policy and social research, particularly with respect to youth in schools and criminal justice

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).

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 ground-breaking 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.


PhD, Social Psychology,  Teachers College, Columbia University

Research interests

Participatory Action Research and Studies of Social Injustice and Resistance;  Urban Education


Urban Education | Liberal Studies |Women's and Gender Studies | Psychology

Training area

Critical Social/Personality Psychology| Environmental Psychology