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Michael Musheno

Title: Adjunct Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Legal Studies Program
Tel: 510-642-2008
Email Address: mmusheno@law.berkeley.edu

Michael Musheno is an adjunct professor of law and faculty director of the Legal Studies Program at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. He is a former program director of Law and the Social Sciences at the National Science Foundation, and has directed centers and departments at Arizona State University, the University of Kansas, and San Francisco State University. His teaching and writing focus on the state's frontline workforce, law in action, policing, logic and methods of socio-legal inquiry, and youth and conflict.

His professional activities have focused on the Law and Society Association (LSA). Musheno has served on the Board of Trustees of the Association, been a member of the Editorial Board of Law and Society Review, chaired an international workgroup focusing on the socio-legal dynamics of HIV/AIDS, and twice been on the organizing committee of the Graduate Student Workshop, most recently in 2009.

In support of his research and student mentoring, Musheno has twice won grants from the National Science Foundation and served as the faculty sponsor for successful research proposals to support the research of both undergraduate and graduate students. His scholarship draws substantially upon narratives, particularly the storytelling of subjects and agents of the state, and uses interpretive field methods. Michael's book, Cops, Teachers, Counselors: Stories from the Front Lines of Public Service (University of Michigan Press, 2004), co-authored with Professor Steven Maynard-Moody of the University of Kansas, is the winner of the American Political Science Association's 2005 Herbert A. Simon Book Award and the winner of the 2005 Best Book of Public Administration Research from the American Society of Public Administration. He has authored and co-authored nine books and over 40 academic journal articles and chapters, including pieces appearing in every major socio-legal academic journal, including Law and Society Review and Law and Social Inquiry.

His current book project, Making it Work: Youth Conflict and Control in a Multiethnic Suburban High School (University of Chicago Press, under contract), co-authored with Calvin Morrill, focuses on the capacities of youth to handle conflict on their own terms and how adult interventions interrupt the strategies youth use to get along with one another in a complex school environment.

His most recently published book, Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq (University of Michigan Press, 2008) co-authored with Susan Ross of Lycoming College, is an academic trade book focusing on the life histories of one of the first military police reserve companies deployed after 9.11, including a year running a prison near Baghdad. It was released in paperback by the University of Michigan Press in 2009.


B.S., Lycoming College (1969)
M.A., The American University (1971)
Ph.D., The American University (1974)

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