Executive Team
& Advisory Board

Dr. Joseph Michalski

Dr. Joseph Michalski is a Professor of Sociology and the King’s Research Excellence Chair. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has taught at King’s University College at Western University since 2003. In 2005, he developed and launched the department’s Criminology program. Dr. Michalski subsequently has served as the Chair of the Department of Sociology and as the Associate Academic Dean. His main intellectual interest involves the development of integrated theories of human behavior rooted in the combination of social, cultural, and psychological determinants. His latest book, An Integrated Investigation of Family Violence (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2022), develops just such an integrated approach to describe and explain different types of intimate partner violence, child maltreatment, elder abuse, and sibling bullying.

Dr. Michalski’s primary research interests include comparative studies of different types of violence, ranging from domestic violence to international terrorism. Additional studies have addressed a range of substantive issues, such as the determinants of criminal behavior, rape, knowledge production, altruism, poverty, and social inequality.

Dr. Michalski has extensive experience in applied social research, policy analysis, and program evaluation, having served as the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on more than 50 independent research studies involving nearly $3.5 million in funding.

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