Shadd Maruna


  • Room 02.024 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Uses and Misuses of the Antisocial Personality Disorder/psychopathy label - Ex-Prisoner organisations and social movement theory - When social elites are imprisoned - Parole board decision making and desistance signaling - Prisons and higher education - Desistance, recovery and rethinking personality disorders - Rehabilitative Culture in prisons and beyond


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Personal profile


Desistance from crime, offender reintegration, penal reform, narrative methodology


"Reintegration After Prison" a Learning Together (NI) course involving 3rd year SSESW students from QUB and Hydebank Wood College

Also responsible for the 3rd year "Research Dissertation" module

Research Statement

Prior to moving to Queen's, Shadd Maruna has been a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester, and a Dean of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (US). 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. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Soros Justice Fellow, and an H. F. Guggenheim Fellow, and has received research funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the ESRC, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, among other sources. He has received awards from the Howard League for Penal Reform and from the ESRC for the impact of his research on challenging the prison and probation systems. He has authored or edited six books and over 85 articles and book chapters since 1997. For a complete list with citations, etc, See


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Research Output

Digital degradation Stigma management in the internet age

Lageson, S. E. & Maruna, S., 01 Jan 2018, In : Punishment and Society. 20, 1, p. 113-133

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    205 Downloads (Pure)

    Can released prisoners 'make it'? Examining formerly incarcerated persons' belief in upward mobility and the 'American Dream'

    LeBel, T. P., Richie, M. & Maruna, S., 06 Jul 2017, Prisoner Reentry: Critical Issues and Policy Directions. Palgrave/Macmillan, p. 245-305 61 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Desistance and restorative justice: Learning from success stories of Northern Ireland's Youth Justice Agency

    Marsh, B. & Maruna, S., 13 Jan 2017, In : Restorative Justice. 4, 3, p. 369-387 18.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Desistance as a Social Movement

    Maruna, S., 01 Oct 2017, In : Irish Probation Journal. 14, p. 5-20 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Desistance from Sexual Offending: Do the Mainstream Theories Apply?

    McAlinden, A-M., Farmer, M. & Maruna, S., 01 Jul 2017, In : Criminology and Criminal Justice. 17, 3, p. 266-283

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    3127 Downloads (Pure)


    Celebrating Impact Prize

    Shadd Maruna (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Distinguished New Scholar Award

    Shadd Maruna (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Hans W. Mattick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Criminology

    Shadd Maruna (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Howard League for Penal Reform Research Medal

    Shadd Maruna (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Howard League for Penal Reform Research Medal

    Shadd Maruna (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Press / Media

    Stormont meeting explores connection between trauma and violent offending

    Colm Walsh, Shadd Maruna & Gavin Davidson


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


    How do probation officers apply attachment theory in their practice? A qualitative study of probation supervision

    Author: Ansbro, M., 2017

    Supervisor: Maruna, S. (Supervisor) & Carr, N. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy