Michele is an anthropologist of law specializing in rural access to justice. Her current work examines how socio-spatial dimensions of rurality influence legal advocacy, rights mobilization, and individual and community health in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. This research is generously funded by the National Science Foundation Law and Science program. In addition, she is an affiliate faculty with the Law School.
Her research stretches the usual bounds of analysis by underscoring rural individuals’ own expertise and experiences of the “rural lawscape.” It likewise identifies necessary opportunities for these perspectives to inform and innovate policy, practice, and applied research methodologies. More information can be found at www.northlandproject.org.
Concurrent work includes collaborative and interdisciplinary projects on global youth and mobility (see www.youthcirculations.com); human rights; rural distance and reproductive justice; and public interest immigration lawyering.
She holds a PhD in sociocultural anthropology and comparative law and society studies from the University of Washington.
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