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About Michelle Madden Dempsey

Michelle Madden Dempsey came to Villanova University School of Law in 2009. She has previously taught at Oxford University, as a University Lecturer in Law and Tutorial Fellow. Professor Dempsey teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, feminist legal theory, and jurisprudence. Her writings have been published in University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Modern Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Theoretical Criminology, and Criminal Law Review. Her book, Prosecuting Domestic Violence: A Philosophical Analysis, published by Oxford University Press in 2009, was awarded second prize in the UK’s Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Award for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. Professor Dempsey received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, her LL.M. from the London School of Economics, and her D. Phil. (Ph.D.) from Oxford University. She is an editor of the multidisciplinary, international journal, Criminal Law & Philosophy. Following law school, she worked as a prosecutor in the Champaign (Illinois) County State's Attorney's Office and later as a civil trial lawyer in Chicago. She was a tutor in law at University College London before joining the Oxford faculty in 2005. At Villanova, she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Feminist Legal Theory.


Present Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Present Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

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299 North Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
610 519-8011


Articles (21)

Books (1)

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Unpublished Papers (1)