Maya Barak, Ph.D.
Teaching Areas:Arab American Studies, Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies, Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Women's & Gender Studies
Research Areas:Capital Punishment, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Gangs, Immigrants / Crimmigration, Legal Sociology, Procedural Justice, State-Corporate Crime
Biography and Education
I am an Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. I hold a PhD in Justice, Law and Criminology from American University (2016), an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University (2011), and a BA in Social Anthropology and Peace and Social Justice from the University of Michigan (2009). My research brings together the areas of law, deviance, immigration, and power, utilizing interdisciplinary approaches that span the fields of criminology, law and society, and anthropology.
Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Criminology
Teaching and Research
- CRJ 200: Intro to Criminal Justice
- CRJ 417: Crimmigration
- CRJ 418: Criminal Justice Research Methods
- CRJ 419: LGBTQ+ Criminology
- CRJ 480: Criminal Justice Theory
- CRJ 487: Forensic Science
- CRJ 517: Crimmigration
- CRJ 518: CJ Research Methods
- CRJ 519: LGBTQ+ Criminology
- CRJ 580: Applied CJ Theory
- CRJ 587: Forensic Science
- FNDS 1607: Real Housewives of Crime: Crime, Law, & Reality TV
Gould, Jon B. and Maya Barak. 2019. Capital Defense: Inside the Lives of America's Death Penalty Lawyers. New York: NYU Press.
Barak, Maya. 2021. “Can You Hear Me Now? Attorney Perceptions of Interpretation, Technology, and Power in Immigration Court.” Journal on Migration and Human Security (https://doi.org/10.1177/23315024211034740).
Barak, Maya. 2021. "A Hollow Hope? The Empty Promise of Rights in the U.S. Immigration System"/ "¿Una promesa vacía? La ilusión de “los derechos” en el sistema migratorio de los Estados Unidos." Las Cadenas Que Amamos: Una panorámica sobre el retroceso de Occidente a todos los niveles.
Barak, Maya. 2021. “Family Separation as State-Corporate Crime.” Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime Vol. 2(2), 2021, pp. 109-121 (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2631309X20982299). (2021 Outstanding Article or Book Chapter Award, Division of White-Collar and Corporate Crime, American Society of Criminology)
Barak, Maya, Leon, K., and Maguire, Edward. 2020. “Conceptual and Empirical Obstacles in Defining MS-13: Law-Enforcement Perspectives.” Criminology and Public Policy (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1745-9133.12493).
Barak, Maya. 2017. “Motherhood and Immigration Policy: How Immigration Law Shapes Central Americans’ Experience of Family.” In Forced Out and Fenced In: Immigration Tales from the Field, edited by Tanya Golash-Boza. New York: Oxford University Press.