Daniel Maier-Katkin is a graduate of the City College of New York, Columbia Law School and the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University.  He was an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo for three years, and then an associate professor, full professor and department head at Penn State University for more than twenty years.   Dan moved to Florida State University in 1994 to take up the position of Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and served in that role for nine years during which time millions of dollars were secured for funded research and service projects, including a multi-year program on Democratic Values and the Administration of Justice in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union.  During that period he was also instrumental in the establishment of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, with which he has since been closely involved.

Over the past decade Dan’s scholarly work and teaching have focused on international human rights and crimes against humanity.  This body of work includes Stranger From Abroad: Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, Friendship and Forgiveness (W.W.Norton, 2012), and roughly a dozen articles in journals as diverse as American Scholar, Harvard Review, Human Rights Quarterly, Tikkun, Theoretical Criminology, and Punishment and Society.  At the moment, Dan’s writing is focused on the banality of evil and the day-to-day complicity of ordinary people with the Nazi regime.




Research Interests

International Human Rights | Crimes Against Humanity | Criminal Law | Juvenile Justice | Law and Society | Infanticide


Diploma in Criminology 1969 (M. Phil.), University of Cambridge

J.D. 1968, Columbia University School of Law

B.A. 1965, City College of New York; Psychology

Recent Publications

Hill, L., Maier-Katkin, D., & Kinsley, K. . 2015. “Everything Old is New Again: The Criminology/Criminal Justice Freshman Research Seminar” Journal of Criminal Justice Education, vol. 26 (4), pp. 493-506.

Jacobsen, C, & Maier-Katkin, D. Breivik’s Sanity. 2015. “Right-Wing Terrorism, Mass Murder and the Insanity Defense” 37 Human Rights Quarterly 1, 137-153.

Maier-Katkin, D. . 2015. “Crimes Against Humanity” Sage Encyclopedia of Sociology, in press.

Kinsley, K., Hill, L.B., & Maier-Katkin,D.. 2014. “A Research Model for Future Library Instruction in Higher Education” New Library World 115, 9/10, 482-495.

Maier-Katkin, Daniel and N. Stoltzfull. 2013. “Hannah Arendt on Trial” The American Scholar.

Selected Publications

Jacobsen, C. & Maier-Katkin, D. “Breivik’s Sanity: Right-wing Terrorism, Mass Murder and the Insanity Defense, Human Rights Quarterly" (in press)

Maier-Katkin, D., Stranger From Abroad: Hannah Arendt. Martin Heidegger. Friendship and Forgiveness, New York: W.W. Norton, March, 2010. [Reviews include, among others, The New York Times, Washington Post, Wilson Quarterly, The Times of London, Independent of London, Literary Review, Irish Times, New Scotsman, Nuremburger Zeitung]

Maier-Katkin, D, Stoltzfuss, N. “Hannah Arendt on Trial,” The American Scholar (Summer, 2013), pp. 96-103.

Maier-Katkin, D., Mears, D. and Bernard, T. “Towards a Criminology of Crimes Against Humanity,” Theoretical Criminology, Vol 13, No.2, pp.227-256 (May 2009). Reprinted in Aas, Katia Globalization & Crime SAGE Publications (October 2013) Reprinted in Jamaieson, Ruth, The Criminology of War, Ashgate (March 2014).

Maier-Katkin, D., Maier-Katkin, B. “The Love and Reconciliation of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger," Harvard Review (vol.32, Spring 2007)