Michelle Madden Dempsey is Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development and Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law. She joined the university in 2009, after teaching at the University of Oxford, where she was a University Lecturer (CUF) in Law and Tutorial Fellow. Professor Dempsey teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, feminist legal theory, and jurisprudence.
Her articles have been published in University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Criminal Law & Philosophy, William & Mary Journal of Women & the Law, Theoretical Criminology, Transnational Law Review, Emory International Law Review, Social & Legal Studies, Criminal Law Review, and Law & Philosophy.
She is an editor of the multidisciplinary, international journal, Criminal Law & Philosophy, and is the co-director of the Criminal Law Theory Program at the Robina Institute for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Following law school, Professor Dempsey worked as a domestic violence prosecutor in the Champaign (Illinois) County State’s Attorney’s Office and later as a plaintiff’s tort litigator in one of Chicago's premiere personal injury law firms.
She was a tutor in law at University College London and served as an expert consultant on domestic violence prosecutions to the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales prior to joining the Oxford Law faculty in 2005.