Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Shadd Maruna



Ph.D. Northwestern University




Prior to serving as Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark (2014-2016), Dr. Shadd Maruna has worked at Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, and the University at Albany, SUNY. Dean Maruna’s book, Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives, was awarded the Hindelang Prize for “outstanding contribution to criminology” in 2001. More recently, Dr. Maruna has received the Hans Mattick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Criminology in 2014, and the inaugural Research Medal from the Howard League for Penal Reform in 2012. Dr. Maruna has been a Soros Justice Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and an H. F. Guggenheim Fellow. He is the editor of the book series “Psychology, Crime and Justice” for American Psychological Association Books, and co-edited the book Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology with Keith Hayward and Jayne Mooney (2010).



Areas of Specialization
Desistance from crime
Offender rehabilitation
Psychology of crime

Key Publications
Maruna, S. (2014). The Role of Wounded Healing in Restorative Justice: An Appreciation of Albert Eglash. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 2, 9-23.

Maruna, S. & Barber, C. (2013). The End of Second Acts? Wilson Quarterly, 37(2), 41-51.

Maruna, S., D. Dabney, & V. Topalli (2012). Putting a Price on Prisoner Release: The History of Bail and a Possible Future of Parole. Punishment & Society, 14, 315-337.

Maruna, S. (2012). Elements of Successful Desistance Signaling. Criminology & Public Policy, 11, 73-83.

Maruna, S. (2011). Reentry as a Rite of Passage. Punishment & Society, 13(1), 3-27.


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