Michael J. DeValve

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Phone: 910-672-2191 

Email: mdevalve@uncfsu.edu 

Room: LTB 321K 


PhD, Sam Houston State University
MA, Sam Houston State University
BS, State University of New York at Brockport

Courses Taught

CRJC 201: Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJC 304: Criminological Theory
CRJC 314: Research Methods
CRJC 315: Statistics
CRJC 345: Leadership in Criminal Justice
CRJC 410: Restorative Justice
CRJC 521: Criminological Theory
CRJC 540: Research Methods
CRJC 550: Statistics
CRJC 605: Community Policing

Research Interests

Love and justice practice
Zemiology, particularly in relation to harm done by religious doctrines.
Police / racethnic minority conflict resolution
Contemplative practices and justice service


DeValve, M., Garland, T., & Quinn, E. (2018). Justice that love brings: A unified theory of justice and crime. Lanham, MD: Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield.

DeValve, M. (2015). A different justice: Love and the future of criminal justice practice in America. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

DeValve, M. (2008). Purpose, power, justice, and marginalization: An examination of key prerequisites for diversity at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Press

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles

DeValve, M. (2017). Epistrophe: Desideratum for a loving justice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Criminology 9, 2, 118-127.

DeValve, M. (2017). Love/Power. (Online first, September, 2016) Critical Criminology 25, 3, 375-391.

DeValve, M. (2017). O for a muse of fire: Rebellion as sacrament. (Online first March, 2016) Critical Criminology 25, 1, 87-102.

Grohe, B., DeValve, M., and Quinn, E. (2012). Is perception reality? The comparison of citizens' levels of fear of crime versus perceptions of crime problems in communities. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 14, 3, 196-211.

DeValve, M., and Quinn, E. (2010). Practical poetry: Thich Nhat Hanh and the cultivation of the problem-oriented officer. Contemporary Justice Review 13, 2, 191-205.

Lyons, P. M., DeValve, M., and Garner, R. (2008). Texas police chiefs' attitudes toward gay and lesbian police officers. Police Quarterly 11, 1, 102-117.

DeValve, M., and Adkinson, C. D. (2008). Mindfulness, compassion and the police in America: An essay of hope. Human Architecture 6, 3, 99-104.

Selected Other Scholarly Writing

DeValve, M. (2016). Freedom from theory so as to theorize about freedom. Uprooting Criminology: A Reasoned Plot. Published online 24 March, 2016. http://uprootingcriminology.org/blogs/freedom-from-theory-so-as-to-theorize-about-freedom/

DeValve, M. (2015). Love for justice. Opinion-editorial syndicated by PeaceVoice, 27 October, 2015.

Gray, K., and DeValve, M. (2015). Technology won't solve our problems. Love will. Uprooting Criminology: A Reasoned Plot. Published online January 26, 2015. http://uprootingcriminology.org/blogs/technology-wont-solve-problems-love-will/

DeValve, M. (2013). What if? Race and Justice Scholar, Spring/Summer 2013, pp. 2-3.

DeValve, M. (2013). Civil disobedience. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: Wiley-Blackwell

DeValve, M., and Adkinson, C. D. (2009). Mindfulness as armor, compassion as weapon: Keeping the peace with mindfulness practices for police officers. In Amster, R. and Ndura-Ouedraogo, E. (eds). Building cultures of peace. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

Works under Review

DeValve, M. & Brightman, S. (under review). The little things

Quinn, E., Brightman, S., & DeValve, M. (under review). To receive or not to receive... that is the question: Intimate partner violence victim service utilization among racially diverse females.

DeValve, M. and Koehne, J. (under review). Peace and police in Ferguson, Missouri: Is a loving justice possible?

Professional Experience

Operations researcher, Texas Department of Criminal Justice (1998-2004)


American Society of Criminology

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Critical Criminal Justice Section

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Honors, Awards, and Grants

Teacher of the Year
College of Arts and Sciences, 2009

State Employees' Award for Excellence in Service, 2008

Delegate to the United Nations for Thich Nhat Hanh, 2008
UN Day of Vesak, Hanoi, Vietnam

Vice Chair / Chair Elect
ACJS Critical Criminal Justice Section