Dr. Melissa Hamilton is a visiting criminal law scholar at the University of Houston Law Center. She earned her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and a Ph.D within the fields of criminology and criminal justice from The University of Texas's graduate program. She was an editor of the Texas Law Review, was awarded the designation of Chancellor based on academic achievement, and graduated with honors. After law school, she clerked for Judge Sam Johnson on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Hamilton also has years of prior experience in the capacities of a police officer, corrections officer, and undergraduate lecturer.
Hamilton's research interests are oriented toward interdisciplinary scholarship involving interpersonal violence, sex crimes, mental health and the law, sentencing, and civil commitment. Her scholarship includes traditional legal analysis as well as empirical studies, and she regularly publishes in law reviews, policy journals, and social science periodicals.