Sheila Maxwell

Sheila Maxwell

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Dr. Sheila Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.

In the U.S., Dr. Maxwell has examined court-mandated intervention programs, particularly the structure and effects of sanctioning. Internationally, Dr. Maxwell uses western theories and methodologies to examine behaviors in Filipino youth, mitigation in slum intervention, and the utility of life-history techniques to understand risk-taking and insurgency.

Maxwell has received funding for her projects from local, state and federal sources, including Michigan State University, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Dr. Maxwell has published in Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry and Qualitative Review.

Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Maxwell was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the Philippines in 2004 and was a pre-doctoral fellow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Development Research Institutes Inc.

Research/Interest Areas: Understanding the cultural and structural dimensions of offending behaviors and attitudes towards law, and sanctioning and applying western-based theories and methodologies in non-western samples.