The Criminal Justice Departments is proud to welcome our two newest faculty members, Travis Meyers and Amarat Zaatut.

Travis Meyers received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and joined the faculty at Temple this fall. His dissertation examined violence in prison and ways to address and reduce rates of violent misconduct. More specifically, he conducted an evaluation of a restrictive status housing program that serves as an alternative to disciplinary segregation for those who engage in serious violent misconduct within the Arizona Department of Corrections. In his spare time, Travis enjoys traveling, eating his way through the best breakfast spots, and watching live music.

Amarat Zaatut joined the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University in fall 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, which she completed on a Fulbright Fellowship. Amarat’s dissertation, entitled Social Institutions, Acculturation, and Delinquency Risk: A Study of Second Generation Arab Immigrants in an Ethnic Enclave Community, sought to examine 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, living in one of the largest ethnic enclave communities in the northeastern United States. Amarat also holds two master’s degrees, one in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and the other in Criminology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Sociology from Bar-Ilan University. When she is not conducting research or teaching classes, Amarat enjoys playing (and watching) tennis and soccer, as well as travelling. She also speaks four languages: Arabic (first language), Hebrew, English, and Spanish

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