Shadd Maruna


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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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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 1997 2018

9 Citations (Scopus)

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
Social Problems
discourse analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

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

organizational unit
drug dependence

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
social movement
civil rights movement
social change
3 Citations (Scopus)

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
employment relationship


Celebrating Impact Prize

Shadd Maruna (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

public policy

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), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

correctional institution

Howard League for Penal Reform Research Medal

Shadd Maruna (Recipient), 2011

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