Melissa Buis Michaux

Professor of Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics

Melissa Buis Michaux is Professor of Politics and incoming Chair of the new Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics (PPLE) department.  She also contributes to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.  Her research and teaching centers on American social policy—especially welfare and health care policy—and on the criminal justice system.  For the last three years, she has taught a class on “Restorative Justice” at the Oregon state penitentiary with 16 Willamette students and 16 prisoners.


Spring 2020

  • PPLE 330 - Public Policy: Education/Healthcare/LGBTQ
  • PPLE 338W - Reforming Criminal Justice - (about this course)
  • Poli 480W - Senior Thesis

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