Benjamin J. Mackey

Benjamin J. Mackey

Benjamin J. Mackey

Graduate Research Assistant

Reentry, community supervision, corrections, qualitative methods, survey research

Benjamin Mackey is an M.A. student in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!). He graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Criminology, Law and Society in 2019. Benjamin has experience in the field of reentry, where he has worked with a nonprofit reentry organization to help address the needs of individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated.  As an undergraduate student, he has also served as a research assistant in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, and in 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 focus on punishment – how it is formally and informally exercised within the social body and how individuals recover from it.  In particular, he is interested in reentry, community supervision, and corrections.  In addition to these substantive interests, he has methodological interests in qualitative methods and survey research.

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.