Michelle Estes

Contact Information

409 Social Sciences & Humanities
Stillwater, OK 74078-4062
(405) 744-6105 (Main Office)
  (405) 744-5780

Curriculum Vitae


Current Research and Grant Projects

Michelle is in the process of working on her dissertation which examines how wrongfully convicted individuals navigate the job market. She is currently recruiting and interviewing individuals who have been exonerated of a wrongful conviction to better understand how being wrongfully convicted impacts their employment opportunities. Additionally, she is also recruiting and interviewing individuals who work with Innoncence Project Organizations to better understand what role their organization plays in the employment process with exonerees. For more information about this project please visit click here.


  • M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
  • Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies, Middle Tennessee State University, 2016

Research Interests

  • Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
  • Criminology (Wrongful Convictions)
  • Intersectionality
  • Qualitative Methods


Michelle is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. She earned her Master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University along with earning a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies in 2016. Her main research interests include inequality as it relates to race, class, gender, and sexuality, along with criminology, utilizing qualitative methods. She has a recent publication in Sex Roles and a forthcoming article in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.