Marie-Helen Maras

Marie-Helen Maras

Marie-Helen Maras
Associate Professor
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Haaren Hall, 43311


DPhil in Law, University of Oxford

MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford

Msc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford

MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of New Haven

BS in Computer and Information Science, University of Maryland University College

BS in Psychology, University of Maryland University College



Dr. Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras is a tenured Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Her academic background and research cover cybersecurity, transnational crime (e.g., cybercrime, smuggling of migrants, and trafficking in persons and drugs), transnational security issues (e.g., war and terrorism), and the legal, political, social, cultural, and economic impact of digital technology. She is the Director and co-principal investigator of a National Institute of Justice grant (app. $600,000) for research on Darknet markets. Using a mixed methods approach, this research project identifies and maps the structure of Darknet fentanyl drug markets, interactions between buyers and sellers of fentanyl (and its analogues), and the power and trustworthiness of sellers within these markets. Dr. Maras serves as a subject matter expert on cybercrime for UNODC.

Dr. Maras is the author of numerous peer-reviewed academic journal articles and books, including Cybercriminology (Oxford University Press, 2016); Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws, and Evidence (now in its second edition; Jones and Bartlett, 2014); Transnational Security (CRC Press, 2014); CRC Press Terrorism Reader (CRC Press, 2013); and Counterterrorism (Jones and Bartlett, 2012), among other publications. She is currently working on books on Cyberlaw and Cyberliberties, Transnational Crime, and Human Trafficking Today (the latter two books focus on the evolution of these crimes and the facilitation of these crimes by the Internet and digital technology), as well as other projects with Oxford University Press. Prior to her academic post, she served in the U.S. Navy for approximately seven years gaining significant experience in security, international investigations, and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator. During the early stages of her military career, she worked as an Electronics and Calibration Technician.



Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Criminal Justice / Crime Prevention & Reduction
Human Rights
Human Trafficking
Organized Crime
Terrorism & Violent Extremism
In The Media


Cheng, P.-S., Pavlovic, K., and Stulberger, E. (2019). I-Team: Scammer Uses Sports Anchor’s Photo on Dating Site. NBC New York, May 3, 2019. [Provided expert opinion].

Russo, M. (2018). I-Team: Child Sex Doll Listings Found on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter. NBC News NY, April 27, 2018. [Provided expert opinion].

Maras, M.-H. (2018). Seen At 11: Social Media’s Dirty Secret. NBC New York. Channel 4 TV interview on child sex dolls (April 27, 2018).

Maras, M.-H. (2017). How to Be Smart About Cybersecurity. Guest on CUNY-TV show Criminal Justice Matters with host Stephen Handelman (March 27, 2017). [].

Maras, M.-H. (2017). Professor Says Credit Data Is Now Commodity in Organized Crime. WNBC, February 9, 2017. [Video Interview].

Dienst, J. and Paredes, D. (2017). I-Team: Violent Drug Gangs Increasingly Turn to Credit Card Thefts      as Big Moneymaker. NBC News NY (February 7, 2017). [Provided expert opinion].

Maras, M.-H. (2015). Video Interview on Life in the Digital Age (CUNY-TV, January 30, 2015).

Maras, M.-H. (2014). Live interview discussing the merits of biometrics in light of the fingerprint cloning of the German Defence Minister by the Chaos Computer Club. Quest Means Business, CNN International (December 30, 2014).

Maras, M.-H. (2014). UK US Militant Weapon. Filmed by Associated Press in New York. Shown on SKY TV in the UK (November 5, 2014).

Maras, M.-H. (2014). Seen At 11: Identity Thieves May Be After Your Health Insurance. CBSNews, August 8, 2014. Channel 2 TV interview on medical identity theft. [].

Maras, M.-H. (2014). Video Interview on Medical Identity Theft. CBSNews, July 28, 2014. [].

Maras, M.-H. (2014). Video Interview on Identity Theft. CBSNews, July 14, 2014. [].


Chatelain, Y. (2019). Une conversation avec Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras autour de la formation universitaire   sur    la      cybercriminalité. The Conversation (France) [ formation-universitaire-sur-la-cybercriminalite-109902].

Janoski, S. (2017). The modern scammer is online (and probably fake in love with you). (December 1, 2017). [Provided expert opinion].

Hall, M. (2016). Facebook and Twitter are losing the war against ISIS, expert says. Sydney Morning Herald (March 2, 2016). news/facebook-and-twitter-are-losing-the-war-against-isis-expert-says-20160301-gn7oef. html [Provided expert opinion].

Bernardo, R. (2015). Provided information about identity theft and how to safeguard data against cybercriminals for his piece on “2015’s States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft and Fraud” (December 2015) [ fraud-are-worst/17549/#marie-helen-maras].

Jenkins, C. (2015). Provided information for an article titled “Broken Windows” (discussing the need to tackle low-level criminality online) in the first issue of The Cyber Investigator, a UK magazine, Issue 1 (March 2015) [].

Curry, C. (2015). How Governments are Fighting Security Threats in an Era of Soft Target Attacks. Vice News, January 13, 2015. [Provided expert opinion].

Wallis, D. (2015). The Next Big Thing – The Next Big Threat (the Internet of Things). New York Observer, January 7, 2015. [Provided expert opinion].

Johnson, O. (2014). Multi-factor ID protects passwords. Boston Herald, September 4, 2014.[Provided expert opinion].

Rivoli, D. (2014). How to Protect Yourself Online: Tips from Experts. AM New York, September 3, 2014. from-experts-1.9210332 [Provided expert opinion].

Bailey, T. C. (2014). Identity Theft and the Underground Economy. Center for Identity, the University of Texas at Austin (August 25, 2014). [Provided expert opinion].

Koeppen, S. (2014). Identity Thieves May Be After Your Health Insurance. CBS Local- Pittsburg, August 19, 2014. [Provided expert opinion].

Dahl, J. (2014). Medical identity theft can threaten health as well as bank account.” CBSNews, July 28, 2014. [Provided expert opinion].

Dahl, J. (2014). Identity theft ensnares millions while the law plays catch-up. CBSNews, July 14, 2014. [Provided expert opinion].

Ünal, B. (2014). Nükleer tesislere siber saldırı en büyük korku. Millyet, April 18, 2014 [Turkish Newspaper]. 2/default.htm [Provided expert opinion].

Maras, M.-H. (2010). Interview on Cyberbullying. Conducted by the editor of Gerry Storch (November 12, 2010).

Shallwani P., Morris D., Brune T. and Riley J. (2010). Cooler left in Times Square serves as Latest Scare. Newsday, May 8, 2010 [Provided expert opinion].

Marcus D. and Whitehouse B. (2010). What Tighter Airport Security Means for You. Newsday, January 10, 2010 [Provided expert opinion].

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