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Marisa Kei Omori, Ph.D.


Merrick Building, Room 120F
(305) 284-6172‚Äč

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                         Last Updated On: September 2018

  • Ph.D., Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine, 2014

  • M.A. Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, 2010

    M.A. Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York, 2007

    A.B. Economics, Occidental College, 2003

  • Sociology

  • Criminology, Racial Stratification within Criminal Justice Institutions, Courts and Sentencing, Drug Use and Drug Policy, Research Methods


Omori, M. & Lautenschlager, R. (2017). Cumulative disadvantage and the geography of racial inequality. In Ulmer, J. & Bradley, M. (Eds.) Punishment Decisions: Sites of Disparity.

Omori, M. (2017). Spatial dimensions of racial inequality: Neighborhood racial characteristics and drug prosecutions.  Race and Justice, 7(1), 35-58.

Roussell, A.* & Omori, M.* (2016). Normalizing desistance: Contextualizing marijuana and cocaine use careers in young adults. Sociology of Health & Illness, 38(6), 916-938.

Lynch, M. & Omori, M. (2014).  Legal change and sentencing norms in the wake of Booker: The impact of time and place on drug trafficking cases in federal court.  Law and Society Review, 48(2), 411-445.  Online at:

Omori, M. (2013).  Moral panics and morality policy: The impact of media, political ideology, drug use and manufacturing on methamphetamine legislation in the United States.  Journal of Drug Issues. 43(4), 517-534.  Online at:


2018                          Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute Fellow 

2017 – 2018             Provost’s Research Award, Co-PI, University of Miami 

2016 – 2017             Provost’s Research Award, PI, University of Miami 

2013 – 2014             Haynes Lindley Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship