Michael DeValve is a dad, husband, son, musician, peacemaking criminologist, and an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University. His research focus is love and its place in criminal justice. He has authored several scholarly works, published in journals like Contemporary Justice Review, Police Quarterly, and The Prison Journal. He has trained and consulted with police departments, and he worked six years for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a researcher. His new book, A Different Justice, offers a new approach to justice and a new criminological theory, all predicated on love as the axle of justice.
Michael is also a member of the Ferguson Research-Action Collaborative, a team of several criminologists from across the county committed to understanding events surrounding the death from police action of three young men in the St. Louis area. Michael’s aims are to understand the shoreline of suffering in Ferguson, on both sides of the struggle, and to transform that suffering into insight, so as to facilitate dialogue toward meaningful healing for all.