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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies
Maya Barak
1070 Social Sciences Building
4901 Evergreen Rd
Dearborn, MI 48128

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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 

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Selected Publications

Gould, J. and Barak, M., Capital Defense: The Lives and Work of Capital Defenders, NYU Press, New York, (forthcoming).

Barak, M., “Popular media and the death penalty: A critical discourse analysis of the death penalty in film,” In G. Lee and R. Bohm (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Capital Punishment, Taylor and Francis, New York, 2018, pp.108-126. 

Barak, M., “Motherhood and immigration policy: How immigration law shapes Central Americans’ experience of family,” In T. Golash-Boza (Ed.), Forced Out and Fenced In: Immigration Tales from the Field, Oxford University Press, New York, 2017, pp. 139-146.

Tyler, D., Barak, M., Maguire, E., and Wells, W. “The effects of procedural injustice on the use of violence against the police by Occupy Wall Street protesters.” Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, Vol. 19, 2018, pp. 138-152, doi: 10.1080/15614263.2018.1418153.

Maguire, E., Barak, M., Wells, W., and Katz, C., “Attitudes toward the use of violence against police among Occupy Wall Street protesters,” Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 2018, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1093/police/pay003. 


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