Sheila Maxwell

Sheila  Maxwell
  • Associate Professor
  • School of Criminal Justice
  • PhD, Rutgers University
  • MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS, Xavier University (Philippines)
  • 520 Baker Hall
  • 655 Auditorium Rd.
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • (517) 353-6685


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Sheila Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on understanding the cultural and structural dimensions of offending behaviors and attitudes towards law and sanctioning. She is also interested in applying western-based theories and methodologies in non-western samples. Within these frameworks, Dr. Maxwell has conducted studies both within the United States and in international settings. Within the United States, Dr. Maxwell has examined such areas as the efficacy of court-mandated intervention programs, particularly the structure and effects of sanctioning within these programs. Outside the United States Dr. Maxwell uses western theories and methodologies to examine contexts of antisocial behaviors among Filipino youth, the structure of crime mitigation in slum intervention programs, and the utility of life-history techniques in understanding risk-taking and insurgency participation. She has received funding for her projects from local, state and federal sources including Michigan State University and the State of Michigan, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of State, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars of the U.S. State Department. She had published in various academic journals including Criminology, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology and Public Policy, the Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Inquiry and Qualitative Review. Dr. Maxwell was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to the Philippines in 2004, and was a pre-doctoral fellow of the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Development Research Institutes Inc. before coming to Michigan State University.