Professor Michelle Fine

Department of Psychology, University of South Africa

Prof Michelle Fine’s work is grounded in decolonial feminisms. She has developed a 40-year portfolio that focuses theoretically and empirically on the social psychology of injustice: exploring how unjust conditions are perceived, explained, justified, internalised and resisted by those most impacted; by non-victims who bear witness; and by those who benefit from inequity. She has investigated these questions in a range of social contexts – schools, prisons and communities – and different countries, such as South Africa, Alaska, Brazil, Israel/Palestine, and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Prof Fine obtained her PhD in Psychology from Columbia University. She’s currently the Deputy Executive Officer of Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology at the City University of New York, and Professor Extraordinarius at the University of South Africa. She has been honoured with awards for Distinguished Career, Lifetime Contributions, Theoretical Innovation and Social Justice Impact from the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology, and the British Psychological Society. Her research outputs during the last eight years include three books, 25 book chapters, and 20 peer-reviewed articles.