By appointment only.
Laura Mishne Heller currently serves as adjunct faculty for the Department of Social Work at the University of North Dakota (UND) and the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Dayton (UD). She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies; Sociology) from The Ohio State University and earned her Master of Social Service (MSW equivalent) and Master of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania). She holds social work licensures in both Minnesota and North Dakota. Laura is currently working towards earning her Ph.D. in criminal justice where her strengths-based research focuses on health literacy among incarcerated populations. Other research areas of interest include epidemiological criminology, health policy, community research and development, street participatory action research (street PAR), implementing anti-racism practices in the social work classroom, penal abolition, and experiential learning, community engagement, and service-learning in higher education.
CJ 210 - Introduction to Policing (GTA)
CJ 341 - Criminal Law (GTA)
CJ 342 - Criminal Procedure (GTA)
SWK 434 - Generalist Practice with Treatment and Task Groups
SWK 507 - Generalist Research Methods and Analysis
- Epidemiological criminology
- Health policy
- Community research and development
- Street Participatory Action Research (street PAR)
- Experiential learning, community engagement, and service-learning in higher education
- Penal abolition
- The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program (http://www.insideoutcenter.org)
Mishne, L., Warner, E., Willis, B. & Shomaker, R. 2012. “Breaking Down Barriers: Student Experiences of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.” Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Civic Engagement, Volume 1.
Heller, L.M. 2019. Employment During the Doctoral Journey: Some Words of Encouragement and Advice. The Criminologist, 44(2): 44-46.
Work In Progress
Heller, L.M. “Mission Possible: Ph.D. and Parenthood.”
Heller, L.M., & Nwachuku, B. “Preparing Social Workers to Remove Institutional Barriers in Forensic Social Work.”
Nwachuku, B., & Heller, L.M. “Social Justice and Anti-Racism in Social Work Pedagogy: A Call to Action for Social Work Educators.”
The Pantheon of Critical Criminologists (T-POCC) (Think Tank at Southeastern Correctional Complex made up of 10 incarcerated students and 5 university students). 2020. “Truth in Release: A Street PAR Prison Project on the Hidden Purgatory of Parole.”
Nwachuku, B., & Heller, L.M. 2022, February. Preparing Social Workers to Remove Institutional Barriers in Forensic Social Work. Northwest Regional Equity Conference (virtual via Clark College, Vancouver, WA).
Nwachuku, B., & Heller, L.M. 2021, April. Social Justice and Anti-Racism in Social Work Pedagogy: A Call to Action for Social Work Educators. Social Work Distance Education Virtual Conference (virtual via Our Lady of the Lake University Worden School of Social Service, San Antonio, TX).
Nwachuku, B., & Heller, L.M. 2021, February. Social Justice and Anti-Racism in Social Work Pedagogy: A Call to Action for Social Work Educators. Northwest Regional Equity Conference for Higher Education (virtual via Clark College, Vancouver, WA).
Bryant, A.N., & Heller, L.M. 2019, November. Mobilizing Parole Abolition and Decarceration Strategies Inside the Walls. The annual meetings of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, CA.
Heller, L.M., & Carter, T. 2019, October. Zero Suicide: Strengths and Challenges of Program Implementation at a Critical Access Hospital. The annual meetings of the National Association of Social Work – North Dakota Chapter, Mandan, ND.
Heller, L.M., Waldal, A., Lundeen, J., & Klawitter, S. 2019, September. ‘I’m being admitted as what status?’: A community conversation on inpatient versus outpatient services. RiverView Health, Crookston, MN.
Green, T., Vasquez, L., & Heller, L. M. 2017, October. Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: Alumni Panel. The 20th Inside-Out Anniversary and Commemoration Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Mishne, L., Gosset, J., Rannebarger, S. 2014, April. Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: Panel Discussion. The annual meetings of the North Central Sociological Association, Cincinnati, OH.
Mishne, L. 2014, April. Emergency Medical Assistance and Undocumented Individuals: A Medical Social Work Analysis. Bryn Mawr College 8th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, Bryn Mawr, PA.
Harvey, A. and Mishne, L. 2012, August. Shaping Perceptions: Undergraduate Views of Prison Life, Operations and Functions from the Inside-Out. The annual meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, Denver, CO.
Harvey, A. and Mishne, L. 2012, May. Shaping Perceptions: Undergraduate Views of Prison Life, Operations and Functions from the Inside-Out. The Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Columbus, OH.
Mishne, L. and Dillow, J. 2012, April. CAUSE: Community Advancement through United Student Engagement. IMPACT National Conference on Community Service, Service-Learning, and Civic Engagement, Stetson University, DeLand, FL.
Mishne, L. 2012, April. Undergraduate Perceptions of Prison Life. Regional Inside-Out Meeting, Toledo Correctional Institution, Toledo, OH.
Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW - 23589) in Minnesota
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW - 5727) in North Dakota
Accredited Case Manager – Social Work (#70247), American Case Management Association
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Doctoral Summit Fellow, 2017.
The Ohio State University-Newark, Community Service Leader of the Year Award, 2012.
The Ohio State University, Department of Sociology, Outstanding Sociology Senior Award, Highest Undergraduate Departmental Award, 2012.
B.A., Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, The Ohio State University (2012)
M.S.S. and M.L.S.P., Social Service (Social Work Equivalent) and Law and Social Policy, Bryn Mawr College (2014)
Ph.D. student, Criminal Justice, University of North Dakota (current)