Marika   Dawkins

Assistant Professor  

Office: ELABN 307
Phone: (956) 665-3708
Email: marika.dawkins@utrgv.edu

Dr. Marika Dawkins

Dr. Marika Dawkins is an Assistant Professor of Criminal and Juvenile Justice. She has published on numerous criminal justice-related issues.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Juvenile justice; delinquency prevention; decriminalization of current illicit drugs; immigration; issues affecting the U.S.-Mexico border;
  • Education

    • PhD, Juvenile Justice, Prairie View A&M University, 2013
    • MS, Juvenile Justice, Prairie View A&M University, 2010
    • BS, Criminal Justice, Prairie View A&M University, 2007
  • Currently Teaching

    CRIJ 3304 01 - Criminal Just Research Methods:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    CRIJ 3304 90L - Criminal Just Research Methods:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    CRIJ 3322 02 - Juv Delinquency:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Marika Dawkins and Camille Gibson. "The Juvenile Justice System of Japan: An Overview," Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research. Springer International Publishing, December 2017: 321-331.

  • Marika Dawkins. "Terrorism in the Caribbean: Is it a Blind Spot?," Caribbean Diaspora Crime Prevention Gazette, 7, no. 2&3 2017.

  • Marika Dawkins. Jacked up and unjust: Pacific islander teens confront violent legacies. International Criminal Justice Review, June 2017.

  • Frank Rodriguez and Marika Dawkins. "Undocumented Latino Youth: Migration experiences and the challenges of integrating into American society.," Journal of International Migration and Integration 18, no. 2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017).

  • Marika Dawkins. "Black Caribbean immigrants and African Americans in the United States: A relationship in context," August 2016.

  • Marika Dawkins and Frank Rodriguez. Undocumented and unaccompanied Latino youth who are exposed to violence are more likely to turn to crime to overcome disadvantage.. Undocumented Latino youth: Migration experiences and the challenges of integrating into American society.. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) blog, May 2016.

  • Marika Dawkins. Rebecca Schaeffer. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.: Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History., February 2016.

  • Marika Dawkins. Scott Amedure. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.: Crimes of the Centuries: An Encyclopedia of Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History., February 2016.

  • Marika Dawkins. "The argument for moving away from residential placement for most juvenile offenders," Journal of Knowledge and Best Practices in Juvenile Justice and Psychology 9, no. 1 (September 2015): 39-45.

  • Marika Dawkins, Camille Gibson, Dahlia Stoddart, Drugs and Drug Control in Jamaica.. Farnham: Ashgate: 2015.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Marika Dawkins. Addressing obesity: Fear of crime and disparities in child and adolescent use of outdoors, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, (2009 - 2011)



Selected Presentations


  • Marika Dawkins and Camille Gibson. "Addressing Evil: Management Liabilities in Criminal Justice," Annual Conference, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 2018)

  • Marika Dawkins. "Twenty-First Century Crime Issues in the Caribbean: Youth Violence and Crime Concern," Annual Conference, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana (February 2018)

  • Marika Dawkins. "Involvement in the Juvenile Justice System: The Unintended Consequences of Juvenile Records," Annual Conference, The American Society of Criminology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (November 2017)

  • Mark Dantzker and Marika Dawkins. "Racial Tensions and Public Mistrust: Perceptions of Police Leaders in the Rio Grande Valley," Annual Conference, American Society of Criminology, (November 2017)

  • Marika Dawkins. "“The Talk” and police interaction: Opinions and insights from college students," Annual Symposium, International Police Executive Symposium, Liverpool, England (August 2017)

  • Marika Dawkins and Camille Gibson. "“The Talk”: Police-youth interaction," Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, Kansas City, Missouri (March 2017)

  • Marika Dawkins. "The link between poverty and the U.S. bail system," Annual Conference, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, Kansas City, Missouri (March 2017)

  • Myrna Cintron, Marika Dawkins, and Camille Gibson. "Youth, police interaction and "the talk"," American Society of Criminology (ASC), (November 2016)

  • Marika Dawkins. "The criminalization of poverty and the American bail system," Annual Conference, American Society of Criminology (ASC), New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2016)

  • Marika Dawkins. "Incarcerated women: An invisible population and the need for prison reform," Annual Conference, Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (October 2016)

Current Courses

CRIJ 3304 01 - Criminal Just Research Methods:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
CRIJ 3304 90L - Criminal Just Research Methods:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
CRIJ 3322 02 - Juv Delinquency:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses