Meet Cedric Michel
Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Education: 2000, Universite Blaise Pascal, B.A.
2001, Universite Blaise Pascal, M.A.
Candidate, University of South Florida, Ph.D.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Career Specialties: Cedric Michel's main research focuses include all issues pertaining to capital punishment (e.g., general deterrence, miscarriages of justice, concepts of ethics and decency, racial prejudice and disparity, arbitrariness and capriciousness in capital sentencing, juror decision-making, the Marshall Hypotheses, etc.). Further, he is deeply intereseted in macro-structural theory applied to the etiology of corporate crime, but also, from a micro-level perspective, in differences in public opinion and attitudes about elite deviance.
Professional and Community Activities: Michel's first publication investigated racial and gender differences in changes in public support for the death penalty after exposure to relevant information about capital punishment, and other similar efforts of his are currently under peer review. In addition, he regularly presents the results of these empirical projects at national conferences. He has also recently authored an entry on the history of white-collar crime in the Sage encyclopedia on the Social History of Crime & Punishment in America. A doctoral candidate in criminology at the University of South Florida, Michel is currently completing his dissertation which proposes to assess the degree to which the public is informed about white-collar crime, investigate whether Americans hold myths regarding crimes of the powerful as they do concerning street crime, and determine if and how knowledge about elite deviance is correlated with public opinion about white-collar crime.