Julissa Muniz
  • Pronouns she, her, her, hers, herself
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Affiliations Education Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, N/A
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Learning Sciences, Learning and Learning Theory, Education, Youth Studies, Social Psychology, Ethnography, Social Justice, Race, Personal and Social Identities, Law and Policy
  • Courses Psychology 150, Psychology 159G

Research Interests

Racial and ethnic identity development; adolescent development; teaching and learning in the carceral context; race and education; urban education; critical carceral studies; criminal & juvenile legal systems; identity and agency; whiteness and white racial identity development; Black and Latinx/e communities; families; sociocultural theories of learning

Biography, Education and Training

  • Ph.D. & M.A., Northwestern University
  • Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
  • National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship 
  • Social Science Research Council Research Development Grant


Selected Publications

Muñiz, J.O., Corcoran, F., Marzougui, J., Schlafer, R., Eddy, J.M., & Dallaire, D. (2023). Towards Family Preservation: A Systematic Jurisdiction Analysis of Prison Visitation Policies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 1-13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/law0000379 

Muñiz, J.O, & Marshall, J. (2022). We are not of this place: On Race, Identity, and Criminality Among Incarcerated White Youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 1-18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12793 

Muñiz, J.O. (2021). Exclusionary Discipline Policies, School Police Partnership, Surveillance Technologies and Disproportionality: A Review of the School to Prison Pipeline Literature. The Urban Review, 1-26. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11256-021-00595-1 

Teaching Interests

  • Race, Education, and the Carceral State
  • People, Policies, and Prisons
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods