Biography: Dr. Michael J. DeValve, PhD.

Michael DeValve is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State University Before coming to Bridgewater State, Michael was an associate professor (with tenure) at Fayetteville State University (UNC).  Primarily a theorist, Michael’s scholarly focus is love and justice practice in America. His empirical research has focused on aspects of police-community conflict resolution and on organizational diversity within justice agencies.  Michael is a passionate advocate of the use of the arts in the justice classroom.  He worked for the Texas prison system and also in various consulting roles with police departments in both Texas and in North Carolina.  He earned his MA (1998) and his PhD (2004) in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.  Michael is the author of numerous journal articles, some of which can be found in Contemporary Justice Review, Critical Criminology, Police Quarterly, and the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology.  Michael is the author of several books, including A Different Justice: Love and the future of criminal justice practice in America (2015), A Unified Theory of Justice and Crime: Justice that love gives (2018), and Personal Ethics and Ordinary Heroes, The social context of morality (2021).  Michael lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his soulmate, Lindsay, their child, Miles, and their dog, Davyn.