Janet Garcia-Hallett

Assistant Professor

Office: 439 Cherry Hall
Ph: 816-235-5165
Email: garciahallettj@umkc.edu


Dr. Garcia-Hallett is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and an affiliate faculty member of the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program. She is devoted to the increased life chances of disadvantaged groups in the criminal justice system. Her research is primarily focused on social justice issues across race/ethnicity and gender – particularly, the impact of incarceration on families and communities of color, the obstacles women face post-incarceration, as well as the racial-ethnic differences in policing strategies. Janet’s recent work investigates how formerly incarcerated women navigate motherhood post-incarceration and how this process influences mothers’ ability to reintegrate back into society after imprisonment. Janet has also received numerous awards for her work, including the Rutgers Presidential Fellowship, the Rutgers Dissertation Fellowship, the American Society of Criminology Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities (currently known as the Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity), as well as the Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Newark, N.J.

M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Newark, N.J.


Her most recent work, ” Pregnancy and Postpartum Life Behind Bars: What’s Present and What’s Missing in Orange is the New Black. Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation, & Media” (Routledge) is forthcoming.