Professor Kefalas is the author of numerous books and articles on youth, working-class communities, single and teen moms, working-class America and crime and communities. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Slate, and The Root. She has advised the city of Philadelphia on youth violence prevention initiatives and has received more than $300,000 in grant funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the Department of Justice. Her most recent paper explores how young people in Philadelphia's high crime communities view "snitching."
- Kefalas, Maria and Pat Carr. 2009. "The Rural Brain Drain." The Chronicle of Higher Education. September 21.
- Kefalas, Maria, Pat Carr, and Susan Clampet-Lunequist. 2011. "The Rules for Snitching." The Root. May 15th.
- Edin, Kathryn and Maria Kefalas. 2007. Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood before Marriage. University of California: Berkeley.