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Melissa Burch

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Office Information:

207-C West Hall
1085 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1107
phone: 734-647-9622
hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm (in person or via Zoom) via sign-up link

Sociocultural ; Anthropology


PhD, Anthropology, Portfolio in African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2017
MS, Urban Studies, University of New Orleans 2003
BA Goddard College/Institute for Social Ecology 1998

“Scripting the Conviction: Power and Resistance in the Management of Criminal Stigma.” American Anthropologist 123, no. 3 (2021): 645–57.

Burch, Melissa. “Captive Afterlives in the Age of Mass Conviction.” History and Anthropology, July 10, 2019, 1–6.

Burch, Melissa. “(Re)Entry from the Bottom Up: Case Study of a Critical Approach to Assisting Women Coming Home from Prison.” Critical Criminology, October 15, 2016, 357–74.

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