Shadd Maruna

Shadd . Maruna

Dean and Professor , Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice


Prior to becoming Dean of the School of Criminology at Rutgers University in Newark, Shadd Maruna worked at Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, and the University at Albany, SUNY. His book Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives was named the “Outstanding Contribution to Criminology” by the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in 2001. More recently, he 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. He 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).



Year Degree Institution
1998 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
1996 MA, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University


Year Title  
1998 Redeeming One’s Self: How Reformed Ex-offenders Make Sense of Their Lives

Selected 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 (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.

Research Interests

Desistance from crime
Offender rehabilitation
Psychology of crime

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