Michael Branch
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Sociology, Criminology and Human Services
Areas of Expertise

Policing, rural sociology, sociological theory, criminal justice, cultural sociology, qualitative research methods, gender studies.

Ph.D., Sociology, Syracuse University

Michael Branch

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Recent courses taught:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Criminology
  • Rural Crime and Justice


Branch, Michael. Forthcoming. “By Any Other Name: The Difficulties of Recognising Female Police Violence” in The Emerald International Handbook of Feminist Perspectives on Women’s Acts of Violence, edited by Stacy Banwell, Lynsey Black, Dawn Cecil, Yanyi Djamba, Sitawa Kimuna, Emma Milne, Lizzie Seal, and Eric Tenkorang.

Branch, Michael. 2021. “‘The nature of the beast:’ the precariousness of police work.” Policing and Society 31(8):982-996.

Branch, Michael. 2020. “The Lasting Impacts of Policing Coronavirus.” Contexts, April 6th. (https://contexts.org/blog/structural-shocks-and-extreme-exposures/)