Immigration and Crime, Race/Ethnicity and Crime, Communities and Crime, Cross-Cultural Research, Social Inequalities, Qualitative Research


Amarat Zaatut joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in fall 2018. She received her PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, which she completed on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Amarat’s research focuses on the immigration-crime nexus and the assimilation of immigrants and their children. Most recently, she completed three years of ethnographic fieldwork, using both participant observation and in-depth interviews with first- and second-generation Arab immigrants living in one of the largest ethnic enclave communities in the northeastern United States. She was particularly interested in understanding the role of contextual factors (e.g., neighborhood and community context) and social institutions (e.g., family, school, religion) in the acculturation process of second-generation Muslim- and Christian-Arab immigrants. Amarat is currently working on several publications, including a book manuscript, that pertain to this research.

She recently received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to investigate Muslim immigrants’ integration experiences in traditional and non-traditional immigrant destinations

Selected Publications

  • Zaatut, A., & DiPietro, S.M. (2023). Revitalizing ethnographic studies of immigration and crime. Annual Review of Criminology, 6(1), 285-306.
  • Zaatut, A., & Jacobsen, S. K. (2023). Fear among the feared: Arab Americans’ fear of crime in an ethnic enclave community. Crime & Delinquency69 (3), 630-655.
  • Jacobsen, S. K., & Zaatut, A. (2022). Quantity or quality?: Assessing the role of household structure and parent-child relationship in juvenile delinquency. Deviant Behavior, 43(1), 30–43.
  • Haj-Yahia, M.M. & Zaatut, A. (2018). Beliefs of Palestinian women from Israel about the responsibility and punishment of violent husbands and about helping battered women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence33(3), 442-467.
  • Zaatut, A., & Haj-Yahia, M.M. (2016). Beliefs about wife beating among Palestinian women from Israel: The effect of their endorsement of patriarchal ideology. Feminism & Psychology26(4), 405-425.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 3003: Race and Criminal Justice
  • CJ 2401: Nature of Crime
  • CJ 8228: Race, Crime, and Justice