Merry Morash

Merry Morash

  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


Merry Morash is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she recently completed a six-year, interdisciplinary, mixed-methods study of the effects of probation and parole services on women. She is currently a research partner with the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries’ re-entry program for women and men leaving prison and planning on residing in Detroit.

Dr. Morash has published books and articles on women and girls in the juvenile justice system, on the experiences of battered women who have immigrated to the United States, and on women who work as police. She has also done extensive research on juvenile delinquency and the juvenile justice system. Dr. Morash also collaborated with sociologist Dr. Soma Chaudhuri in a study of the effect of economic- and social change-oriented NGOs in India on wife abuse.

She is the author of Gender, Crime and Justice (Sage) and Women on Probation and Parole: A Feminist Critique of Community Programs and Services (Northeastern U. Press). She is co-editor (with Meda Chesney-Lind) of Feminist Theories of Crime, a volume in Ashgate’s Library of Essays in Theoretical Criminology.

Selected Awards

  • American Society of Criminology Award for Mentoring, 2017
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award, 2015
  • Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, 2009

Selected Publications

  • Morash, M., Kashy, D., Cobbina, J., & Smith, S. (2018) Characteristics and Context of Women Probationers and Parolees who Engage in Violence. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 45(3), 381-401.
  • Morash, M., Kashy, D., Cobbina, J., & Smith, S. (2018). Supervision Intensity, Technical Violations, Treatment and Punishment Responses, and Subsequent Recidivism of Women on Probation and Parole. Criminal Justice Policy Review.