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Michelle Bolger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program

Michelle Bolger
Brisson 206

Dr. Michelle (Coyne) Bolger received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 and her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice from Xavier University. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Bolger worked as a case manager at a men's community residential treatment center outside of Cincinnati. Her research and teaching interests broadly focus on quantitative analyses surrounding criminological perspectives, predicting behavioral outcomes, and community corrections. She has recently branched out to conduct community-based research involving citizen fear of crime and satisfaction with the police, pretrial and probation programming, and perceptions of gun-carrying.

Dr. Bolger facilitates and supervises the student-run group, the Criminal Justice Association, and she is a DeSales representative for the Executive Board of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of criminology, research methods, statistics and data analysis, and corrections.