Michelle Madden Dempsey

Associate Dean of Faculty Research & Development

Professor of Law


Biography

    Michelle Madden Dempsey joined Villanova 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 book, Prosecuting Domestic Violence: A Philosophical Analysis, published by Oxford University Press, was awarded second prize in the UK’s Society of Legal Scholars Peter Birks Award for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. 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. 

Professor Dempsey received her D. Phil. (Ph.D.) from the University of Oxford, her LL.M. from the London School of Economics,  J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from the University of Illinois .  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, she 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 Chicago.  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.  At Villanova, she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, Jurisprudence, Feminist Legal Theory, and Sexuality & Law.

Practice Experience

  • Champaign County State's Attorney's Office (Urbana, Illinois)
  • First Health Group Corp. (Downers Grove, Illinois)
  • Paul B. Episcope, Ltd. (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Joined the faculty in 2009
Professor Michelle Madden Dempsey

Office: Rm 335, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-8011
Email 

Publications

Courses and Seminars

  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Jurisprudence
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Sexuality and Law

Education

University of Oxford, DPhil (PhD)

London School of Economics, LLM

University of Michigan, JD

University of Illinois, BA