Professor Mitchell is an interdisciplinary scholar who looks at the criminal justice system using a sociological lens. Some of the specific topics of interest on which his scholarship focuses are the collateral consequences of sentencing, ex-offender reentry, and felon disenfranchisement.
He joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty in 2006, after two years as a Scholar in Residence in the Sociology Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is an affiliate member of the MU Black Studies Program and a Policy Research Scholar with the MU Institute for Public Policy. He was recently the Chair of the UM System on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Prior to joining the academy, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis, formerly of the U.S. District Court.
He is a member of the American Law Institute. He has served as the Chair of the Missouri State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and a Missouri Supreme Court Faculty Fellow. During his tenure, he has been recognized for his teaching – Gold Chalk Award (2009) and his service – Legion of Black Collegians Minority Faculty and Staff Appreciation Award (2011); the 2014-2015 Lloyd L. Gaines Scholarship Banquet Honoree; and the MU President’s Community Engagement Award (2015).