Benjamin J. Mackey

Benjamin J. Mackey

Benjamin J. Mackey

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Social control, collective efficacy, police/state legitimacy, corrections, reentry

Benjamin Mackey is an M.A. student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University. He graduated from George Mason with a B.S. in the same field in 2019. Previously, he interned with Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop – a DC-based nonprofit organization that helps currently- and formerly-incarcerated individuals to develop life skills, access employment opportunities, and cope with the stress of incarceration and reentry. He has also worked as a research assistant to Dr. Stacey Houston, II (Department of Criminology, Law and Society) and Dr. Stephen Robertson (formerly of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media). In these positions he assisted with research projects focusing on the negative consequences of various forms of social control and on the historical analysis of criminal events, respectively.

Benjamin’s research interests include social control and its consequences, collective efficacy, perceptions of police and state legitimacy, corrections, and reentry. In addition to these substantive interests, he has a methodological interest in survey design and implementation.

Selected Publications

Mackey, B. J. (2018). A state of illegitimacy: The dynamics of criminal and state legitimacy in Mexico. Inquiries Journal, 10(10).

Mackey, B. J. (2018). A line in the sand: Drug control along the U.S.-Mexico border. Inquiries Journal, 10(1).

Courses Taught

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

CRIM 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 315 - Research Methods and Analysis in Criminology
CRIM 320 - Crime and Place


M.A. student, Criminology, Law and Society | George Mason University

B.S., Criminology, Law and Society | George Mason University

Recent Presentations

Mackey, B. J. (2019, April). Learning from the past: An exploratory analysis of educational inequality in Mexico’s new judicial system. Oral presentation at the GMU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium, Fairfax, VA.