Dr. Shadd Maruna Named Dean of School of Criminal Justice

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An internationally renowned criminologist has been named dean of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University–Newark. 

Dr. Shadd Maruna, currently director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a professor in the Law School there, has been appointed dean effective Sept. 1, 2014. Maruna is an internationally known criminologist whose first book, Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives (2001), is considered a definitive statement and enduring contribution to the field; it was awarded the "book of the year" prize from the American Society of Criminology in 2001.

“Shadd Maruna is a superb match to lead our distinguished School of Criminal Justice,” stated Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor “He is a world-class scholar, teacher, and academic leader whose abilities and interests span disciplines and are perfectly aligned with our strengths and our trajectory. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the Rutgers University – Newark family.”

“Shadd Maruna will add distinction to a faculty already noted for cutting-edge thinking and ground-breaking scholarship,” according to Provost Todd Clear, Rutgers University-Newark. “The faculty of the School of Criminal Justice joins me in welcoming him, as well as in expressing deep gratitude to Acting Dean Bonnie Veysey for her leadership.”

During the course of his career, Maruna has received many awards and honors, including being named an H.F. Guggenheim Fellow, a Soros Justice Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. He received the Michael J. Hindelang Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Criminology in 2001, the Howard League Research Medal, and, most recently, the Hans W. Mattick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Criminology.  

Maruna serves as editor of the American Psychological Association's book series, Psychology, Crime and Justice, and has held offices in professional organizations such as the British Society for Criminology, the Correctional Services Advisory and Accreditation Panel for the United Kingdom(UK), the Scottish Advisory Panel for Offender Rehabilitation, and Oxford University’s Centre for Criminology.

Maruna is frequently invited to speak at institutions throughout the world, and in 2007 he delivered the Edith Kahn Memorial Lecture at the UK Parliament’s House of Lords.

In addition to Making Good, Maruna is the co-author of several other books, including After Crime and Punishment: Pathways to Ex-Offender Reintegration (2004); The Effects of Imprisonment (2005) and Rehabilitation: Beyond the Risk Paradigm (2007) and Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology (2010). 

He also is the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Prior to his years in Belfast, he taught at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, in England, and at the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Maruna holds the Ph.D. and M.A. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL., where he received the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in 1998. He graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University with a B.A. in philosophy and English literature. He was named the “Most Outstanding Young Alumni of Illinois State” in 2005.


About the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
Founded in 1974, the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) is a major national and international center for scholarly research on all aspects of policing, delinquency, crime, and criminal justice administration. It prepares students to be leaders in research, teaching and public policy; SCJ graduates hold distinguished positions in government, public and private sector organizations, and in academia.  Its doctoral program in criminology is ranked seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools (2009).

The school offers the bachelor of science in criminal justice, a joint BS/MA, and master’s and doctoral degrees in criminal justice. In addition to undergraduate and graduate programs, the school is known for its research and outreach activities, including the Police Institute, Rutgers Center on Public Security, Rutgers Center for Conservation Criminology and the Evidence-Based Institute.

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