Faculty Biography -
B.S. Loyola University of Chicago
M.A. University of Washington
Certificate University of Washington
2817, Des Plaines
Michele Statz is a lecturer in the Social Science and Humanities departments at Oakton Community College. She is currently completing a PhD in sociocultural anthropology, and her areas of expertise include anthropology of law, anthropology of childhood, and the rights and legal representation of youth who migrate alone from China to the U.S.
Michele is originally from Wisconsin. She moved to Chicago in 2001 to attend Loyola University Chicago, where she majored in Anthropology and International Studies and minored in Asian Studies. After graduating in 2005, she worked for a year with a nonprofit in western China and on the Tibetan Plateau. She returned to the U.S. to study Tibetan at the University of California, then began graduate studies at the University of Washington in 2008. Michele recently completed her coursework and is now back in Chicago, happily teaching and conducting dissertation research (but also missing Seattle’s great coffee and beautiful mountains…). She is thrilled to work with Oakton’s great students and committed faculty, and she is committed to creating a dynamic classroom experience that both welcomes and supports the diverse learning styles, backgrounds, and personal and intellectual motivations of her students.
When not teaching or working on her dissertation, Michele loves running, camping, hanging out with her husband, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.