Associate Professor
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Graduate Program Director
Criminology & Criminal Justice
R.C. Vance Academic Center
9:45 am - 10:45 am
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
12:10 pm - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Or by appointment

Dr. Michelle Cubellis joined Central is the Fall of 2016. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bridgewater State College and a M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She also has a M. Phil and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the Graduate Center, City Univeristy of New York. Prior to coming to Central she held a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Massachusetts Lowell. 

At Central, she has taught several undergraduate and graduate core and elective courses, supervised internship students, and advised several master’s theses. She also has served as the advisor of the Criminal Justice Club. Beyond the department, she has served on numerous university committees including the Academic Integrity Committee, Community Engagement Committee, and Diversity and a Hearing Board Member for the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Outside of Central, Dr. Cubellis is currently working with the Connecticut Judicial Branch in evaluating and consulting on pre-trial programs.

City University of New York
Criminal Justice
City University of New York
Criminal Justice
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Bridgewater State University
Areas of Expertise

- Institutional responses to deviance

- Child sexual abuse

- Domestic Violence

- Macro-level responses to violence and victimization

- Juvenile justice: outcome development, process evaluations, and program evaluation

- Gender and crime

Publications, Research & Presentations

Cubellis, M.A. (In Press). Consent, Power, and Sexual Assault in The Handmaid’s Tale: Handmaids, Sexual Slavery and Victim Blaming.

Cubellis, M. A., Evans, D.N., & Fera, A. (2018). Sex offender stigma: An exploration of vigilantism against sex offenders. Deviant Behavior.

Walfield, S.M., Levenson, J.S, Cubellis, M.A., Harris, A.J., & Lobanov-Rostovsky, C. (2017) Law Enforcement Views on Sex Offender Compliance with Registration Mandates. American Journal of Criminal Justice.

Cubellis, M. A., & Harris, A. J. (2016) Civil Commitment of Sexual Predators. In Jeglic, E.L. & Calkins, C. (Eds). Sexual Violence. New York, NY: Springer.

Cubellis, M.A., Walfield, S.M., & Harris, A. J. (2016) Collateral Consequences of Sex Offender Registration and Notification: Law Enforcement Perspectives. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Online First. DOI: 10.1177/0306624X16667574

Cubellis, M. A., Peterson, B.E., Henninger, A.M., & Lee, D. (2016). Childhood Sexual Abuse and Antisocial Traits and Behaviors: Gendered Pathways to Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Online First. DOI: 10.1177/0886260516633692

Peterson, B.E, Lee, D., Henninger, A.M., & Cubellis, MA. (2016). Social Bonds, Juvenile Delinquency, and Korean Adolescents: A Longitudinal Analysis of Hirschi's Social Control Theory. Crime and Delinquency62(10), 1137-1363. DOI: 10.1177/0011128714542505

Evans, D.N. & Cubellis, M. A. (2015) Coping with Stigma: How Sex Offenders Manage their Public Identities. American Journal of Criminal Justice40(3), 593-619. DOI: 10.1007/s12103-014-9277-z

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • CRM 110: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRM 260: Criminology
  • CRM 321: Sexual Predators
  • CRM 360: Victimology
  • CRM 412: Crime Prevention
  • CRM 478: Child Sexual Abuse
  • CRM 430: Domestic Violence
  • CRM 450: Drugs & Society
  • HON 250: Western/World Culture III: Comparative Topics (Aging and the Criminal Justice System)

Graduate Courses

  • CJ 501: Nature of Crime
  • CJ 560 Sexual Predators