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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., University of California-Riverside, Sociology

Advisor: Ellen Reese, 2014


M.A., University of California-Riverside, Sociology, 2011


B.A., University of California-Riverside, Economics, 2006


Fellowships & Residencies


Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in Liberal Arts

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2022 - 2026


Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute Fellow

Ohio State University 2014


Academic Appointments


Associate Professor 

         University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2022 - present

Assistant Professor

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2017 - present


Assistant Professor

University of Nebraska-Omaha, 2014 -2017




Walker, Michael L. 2022. Indefinite: Doing Time in Jail. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Walker, Michael L. 2021. "Ethnographic Reflections on Event-Time in Jail."

Pp. 553 - 71 in Oxford University Handbook of Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice, edited by S. Bucerius, K. Haggerty, and L. Beradrdi. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 


Walker, Michael L. 2021. "Still Taking His Class: A Meditation on the

Significance of Jonathan H. Turner's Influence." Pp. 340 - 48 in Theoretical Sociology: The Future of a Disciplinary Foundation, edited by S. Abrutyn and K. McCaffree. New York: Routledge.


Lopez-Aguado, Patrick and Michael L. Walker. 2019. "'I Don't Bang: I'm Just a

Blood': Situating Gang Identities in Their Proper Place." Theoretical Criminology 25(1): 107-26. 

Walker, Michael L. 2016. "Race Making in a Penal Institution." American

Journal of Sociology 121(4): 1051-78. 

Outstanding Article Award, American Society of Criminology, 2018


Book Reviews

Walker, Michael L. ForthcomingPrivilege and Punishment: How Race and

Class Matter in Court, by Matthew Clair. Punishment & Society. 

Walker, Michael L. 2016. The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison

Gangs Govern the American Penal System, by David Skarbek. Theoretical Criminology 20(1): 116-18.


Reese, Ellen and Michael L. Walker. 2013. Three Worlds of Relief: Race,

Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal, by Cybelle Fox. American Journal of Sociology 118(6): 393.


Under Review


Walker, Michael L. "Carceral Autonomy: A Study of Social Exchange in a

Carceral Setting." (revise & resubmit)

Patterson, Evelyn J., Michael L. Walker, Darwin A. Baluran, and Rachel

Zajdel. "Cloistered Population Research Designs: A Set of Heuristics for the Study of Social Arrangements." 

In Progress


Walker, Michael L. and Patrick Lopez-Aguado. "Towards a General Theory

of Criminal Objectification." 


Walker, Michael L. "Negotiating Racist Ifs and When's through Anticipatory



Selected Presentations


"The Master's Tool: Problems of Sleep Hygiene in Jail"

Crime, Law, and Society Workshop, Northwester University, Zoom [invited], 4-26-21


"Jailing through Penal Time"

University of Southern California, Zoom of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Zoom [invited], 12-3-20


"'Who's Your Rep?': A Social Exchange Perspective on Control"

Centre for Criminological Research Inaugural Conference, University of Alberta, Zoom [invited], 11-18-20


"Race, Race Relations, and Penal Management"

College of the Desert, Zoom [invited], 10-5-20

"'Who's Your Rep?': Power-Dependence in the Management of Prisoners"

Duke University, Zoom [invited], 9-25-20

"Power and Control: A Social Exchange Perspective on Penal Management"

University of Southern California, Zoom [invited], 2-12-20

"'Who's Your Rep?': Marshaling Classification for Control"

American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA, 11-14-19

"The Social Science is in the Details"

American Voices Project, Baltimore, MD [invited], 6-28-19

"Ethnographic Insights on the Concept of Degradation"

American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA, 11-14-18

"Weathering Adaptation and Punishment"

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ [invited], 3-20-16

"Race Making in a Penal Institution" 

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN [invited], 4-20-16

"Weathering Adaptation and Punishment"

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI [invited], 5-4-16

"Spatializing Gang Identity in the Context of Youth Criminalization" 

Society for the Study of Social Problems, Seattle, WA (presented with Patrick Lopez-Aguado), 8-19-16



Law, Crime, & Punishment, SOC 1101

Criminal Behavior & Social Control, SOC 3102

Deviant Behavior, SOC 4111

Sociology of Violence, SOC 4113

Democracy Under Threat, SOC 1930

Advanced Research Methods: Ethnography, SOC 8852

Advanced Sociological Theory: Social Psychological Theories of Power and

Emotion, SOC 8790

Service & Consulting


Editorial Advisory Board Member

Punishment & Society, 2022 - present

Editorial Advisory Board Member

Incarceration, 2021 - present

Advisory Board Member

Advancing Pretrial Policy & Research, RTI International, 2020 - present

Editorial Advisory Board Member

Criminology, 2020 - 2023


Session Organizer: Criminology

American Sociological Association, 2019


Black Grads Race Talk, Organizer

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2020 - present


Manly Deeds Scholarship Committee Member

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, ΗΠΛ Chapter, 2012 - present

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