Michelle Fine

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies, American Studies, American Studies, and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  Fine is a university teacher, educational activist, and researcher who works on social justice projects with youth, women and men in prison, educators and social movements on the ground.  She has authored many “classics”—books and articles on high school push outs, adolescent sexuality—called the “missing discourse of desire”, the impact of college in prison, the struggles and brilliance of the children of incarcerated adults, the wisdom of Muslim American youth.  She writes on the injustice of high stakes testing, the racial abuse of mass incarceration of people of color and queer youth, and she loves to conduct research with young people who know intimately the scars of injustice and the laughter of surviving the streets of New York. A pioneer of the field of youth Participatory Action Research, and a founding faculty member of the Public Science Project, Fine has been involved with a series of participatory studies with youth and elders, from across different racial, ethnic, and social class backgrounds, to investigate circuits of dispossession, and circuits of critical resistance.