Marjorie S. Zatz is Vice Provost and Graduate Dean and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She came to UC Merced in 2014 after 32 years at Arizona State University, where she was Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry in ASU’s School of Social Transformation and held a number of administrative appointments. From 2012-2014, Zatz served as Director of the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies from Indiana University in 1982.
Zatz has published numerous books, articles, and book chapters on immigration policy; race, gender and juvenile and criminal court processing; Chicano gangs; and the Cuban and Nicaraguan legal systems. Her books include Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth and Families (with Nancy Rodriguez, University of California Press, 2015) Law and the Quest for Justice (with Doris Marie Provine and James P. Walsh, Quid Pro Books, 2013), Punishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics and Injustice (with Charis Kubrin and Ramiro Martínez, New York University Press, 2012), Images of Color, Images of Crime (third edition with Coramae Richey Mann and Nancy Rodriguez, Oxford University Press, 2006; first and second editions with Coramae Richey Mann, Roxbury, 1998 and 2002), Producing Legality: Law and Socialism in Cuba (Routledge, 1994) and Making Law: The State, the Law, and Structural Contradictions (with William Chambliss, Indiana University Press, 1993).
Zatz is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Society of Criminology’s Herbert Block Award, the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime’s Senior Scholar Award, the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime’s Lifetime Achievement Award and its Coramae Richey Mann Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and the Western Society of Criminology’s W.E. B. DuBois Award for Research on Race and the Administration of the Administration and its Paul Tappan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Criminology. She has served on the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology (1994-97) and the Board of Trustees and Executive Council of the Law and Society Association (1996-99).