Michelle A. Cotton-Laws

Michelle Laws is currently a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at North Carolina State University. Her particular areas of scholarship are medical sociology, social inequality, minority and at-risk youth development, and applied statistics.


Laws has attained an exceptional professional track record, including over a decade of experience as a researcher, evaluator, trainer and technical assistance provider, and program manager in multiple health and human services positions across a variety of service and program sectors at federal, state and local levels. Her experience includes serving as a research and evaluation consultant; project director for the national Training and Technical Assistance for Reducing Disproportionate Minority Confinement project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Legislative Liaison for the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services; Social Research Associate for the North Carolina Governor’s Office of Substance Abuse Policy and the Governor’s Commission on Juvenile Crime and Justice; Juvenile Delinquency and Victimization Prevention Program Field Coordinator and National Youth Crime Prevention Conference coordinator for the National Crime Prevention Council; and instructor teaching undergraduate-level college courses in sociology at the college and university level and in the federal and state prison systems.

Laws’ current research focuses on tobacco use and related behaviors among students attending historically Black colleges and universities; educational development of at-risk students; and adolescent social and health risk behaviors.

Last updated: 6/9,16/2006 by Vic