Michelle Storrod

Michelle Lyttle Storrod, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Criminal Justice
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Social Justice
  • Technology

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Childhood Studies (2021)
    Rutgers University (NJ)
  • MSc, Children, Youth & International Development (2016)
    Birkbeck University of London (LDN)
  • BA, Sociology (2005)
    University of Birmingham (BI)

About Me

Recently, I defended my Doctoral dissertation ‘Digital Justice: Girls, Phones and Juvenile Justice’, part of which will soon be published in the Journal For Crime, Justice and Social Democracy. I shared my master’s research ‘Digital Artefact V’s Digital Fingerprint: An Ethnography of Gangs Online’ as training for the Metropolitan Police, the UK Ministry of Justice, and the National Prison and Probation Service. I also shared this research at the House of Lords and published an article of my findings in the Journal of Youth Studies. 

As a practitioner, I have worked with victims and perpetrators of serious youth violence in London for 10 years. I am the co-author of the Growing Against Violence curriculum which is the largest evidenced based violence prevention program in Europe. I combine my practitioner and research experience in the classroom where I am passionate about supporting and working with the next generation of criminal justice professionals.

Research Interests

My research focuses on how phones and social media play a role in the victimization and criminalization of young people in the Juvenile Justice system. I am a qualitative researcher who incorporates digital methodologies with ethnographic and youth led methods.

Media Expertise

  • Gangs and social media
  • Girls and gangs
  • Child sexual exploitation 
  • Serious youth violence 


  • Storrod, M. L. (forthcoming). Ecological Ruptures & Strain: Girls, Juvenile Justice and Phone Removal. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy [Special issue on cybercrime].
  • Gordon, F., Klose, H., & Storrod, M.L. (2021) Youth (in)justice and the COVID-19 pandemic: rethinking detention internationally through a public health lens. Current Issues in Criminal Justice [Special Edition — Covid-19, Criminal Justice And Carceralism: Critical Reflections And Change].
  • Tucker, S., Meloy,. M., Storrod. M. L., Curtis, K. & Napolitano., L. (2019). Mentoring vulnerable youth in one of America’s most dangerous cities: from tough homes and violent streets to college classrooms, Youth Justice 19(3), 262-277. 
  • Storrod, M. L. & Densley, J. A. (2017). ‘Going viral’ and ‘going country’: the expressive and instrumental activities of street gangs on social media. Journal of Youth Studies, 20(6), 677-696.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Society of Criminology, Academy Of Criminal Justice Sciences, European Society of Criminology


  • David K Sengstack Princeton Fellowship,  Rutgers University 2020/21
  • Rutgers Graduate Student Paper Award, Rutgers University-Camden 2020
  • Remarkable 31 Award for Gender Equality, Rutgers University-Camden 2020
  • Rutgers Camden Chancellor's Awards for Civic Engagement, Rutgers University-Camden 2019


  • Michelle Lyttle Storrod, assistant professor of criminal justice, published a paper in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy demonstrating that removing access to phones for young females in the juvenile justice system can cause a rupture of girls’ digital ecology. The research, generated from an ethnographic study, showed that phones act as a positive and protective force supporting girls through feelings of safety, helping them cope with challenging events at home and on the street. 

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