Michael Rowe is a writer, a medical sociologist, and the author of six books. For a time, he ran social services agencies for people who were homeless, had been incarcerated, or were otherwise pushed to the margins of society. At the same time he was writing, acting in, and directing plays. He then pursued a Ph.D. in sociology while running a mental health ‘homeless outreach’ project, which became the topic of his dissertation and later, his first book.

Michael is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. He is also Editor of The Perch: An Arts & Literary Journal, Director of the Citizens Community Collaborative, Co-Chair of the International Recovery and Citizenship Council, and Co-Director of the Collaborative for Nonjustice Studies (nonjustice = to refrain from seeking justice through revenge). A writer before he was a sociologist, he is the author of fiction, narrative nonfiction, plays, and poetry. His academic-research topics include homelessness and community mental health care, citizenship as a response to social inclusion, and medical errors. Michael lives in Connecticut and lectures widely in the U.S. and internationally.


Goddard College, B.A.
Yale University, Ph.D.