Maria Berghuis is a PhD candidate criminology at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology.
Maria Berghuis has been working at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology since January 2016.
Maria completed her BA Liberal Arts & Sciences (Social Sciences) at the University College Utrecht with a magna cum laude in June 2013. She continued her studies at the University of Oxford where she completed a MSc in Evidence Based Social Interventions. At this department she wrote her thesis (systematic review and meta-analysis) on the effectiveness of reintegration programs for prisoners.
Title research: Breaking down the barriers to prison visitation: a study on the determinants and consequences of prison visitation in the Netherlands.
Maria is involved as a researcher with the Life in Custody (LIC) study, which the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology carries out for the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency (part of the Ministry of Security and Justice). This survey research aims to improve our understanding of staff and prisoner perceptions and experiences of prison life, as well as the effects (during and after imprisonment) of differences in experiences of prison life.
Maria teaches courses at both the undergraduate and the graduate level in the Criminology department. In the academic year 2018-2019, Maria teaches Comparative Criminal Justice Research Methods and supervises undergraduate thesis students.