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




Selected Publications


  • 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, ed. Drugs and Drug Control in Jamaica.. Yes. Farnham: Ashgate: July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2015.

  • Marika Dawkins. Breathalyzer Test. Sage Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural, and Historical Perspectives, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2015.

  • Marika Dawkins and Jon Sorensen. "The impact of residential placement on aggregate delinquency: A state-level panel study, 1997-2011.," Criminal Justice Policy Review 26, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2015): 85-100.

  • Marika Dawkins and R. Server. Families of law. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014.



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


  • 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," International Police Executive Symposium, Liverpool, England (August 2017)

  • Marika Dawkins. "The link between poverty and the U.S. bail system," Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, Kansas City, Missouri (March 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 criminalization of poverty and the American bail system," American Society of Criminology (ASC), New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2016)

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

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

  • Marika Dawkins. "Why should we care about criminals?," 2016 Symposium on Prisoner Justice: Reimagining punishment in America, Denver, Colorado (April 2016)

  • Marika Dawkins. "Invisible punishments and other consequences of mass incarceration," Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), Denver, Colorado (March 2016)

  • Marika Dawkins. "If institutionalization is the answer today, then what about tomorrow? Reexamining the U.S.' incarceration policy," American Society of Criminology (ASC), Washington, D.C. (2015)

Current Courses

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

Previous Courses