Brief Bio

Michele Miravalle is currently Assistant Professor in Sociology and Philosophy of Law at the Department of Law – University of Torino. He is also licensed as an Associate Professor from 2020. He started his research career with a Ph.D in Public Law.

His main fields of research have been penal policies and prison studies, in particular on the relationship between deviance and mental illness. He has focused on the closure of the High Security Hospitals for mentally ill offenders, a rare example of de-institutionalization in an Italian context, adopting a socio-legal perspective.

He is coordinator of the Italian National Observatory on Prison Conditions, the main independent prison monitoring authority involving 80 observers around the country and he is member of the European Prison Observatory. He has conducted research-in-the-field in different international contexts, such as the juvenile prison for gang members in Central America. He has been a visiting-researcher at the UC Law San Francisco.

He teaches Philosophy of Law, Sociology of Law and Criminology and his main publications are on criminal responsibility, prison studies, social behavior and deviance, judicial organization and instruments of social control.

Courses taught at CTLS

  • Criminology of White-Collar Crime (Spring 2024)
  • Law and Society (Spring 2024)