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Zatz honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

December 04, 2009

Marjorie S. Zatz, professor in and director of justice and social inquiry in the School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was awarded the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime at their annual meeting in Philadelphia on Nov. 5.

The award recognizes an individual who has a record of sustained and significant accomplishments and contributions in three areas: 1) research on people of color and crime and the field of criminology or criminal justice; 2) teaching and/or mentoring scholars in this field; and 3) service to the discipline and to the community of people of color. In choosing Zatz, the society cited her important contributions in all these areas, including numerous published works on racial and ethnic disparities, immigration and crime; Chicanos in the legal system; and the effects of criminal justice decisions on families and girls.

“I was thrilled to present this Lifetime Achievement Award to Marjorie Zatz,” says Elsa Chen, associate professor, Santa Cruz University and chair of the awards committee. “Not only is she a world class scholar who has made numerous contributions to the discipline of criminology, she is a phenomenal mentor who is exceptionally devoted to nurturing junior scholars, especially women and underrepresented minorities.”

Zatz, who has been on the faculty of Justice and Social Inquiry for 26 years, has been active in this international organization throughout her career. This is the third lifetime achievement award Zatz has received to date.


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