Communities and Policing


John Jay College scholars are active investigators and contributors to current debates on issues concerning police practices and community initiatives. Exploring a range of topics from “stop-and-frisk” policies and racial profiling, to restorative justice and social services programs, John Jay faculty members are making critical contributions to the development of stronger communities and policing practices.

C. Jama Adams (Department of African American Studies) researches organizational issues in social service agencies, parenting, and black thought in an era of cultural ambiguity.

Teresa A. Booker (Department of African American Studies) studies peacekeeping and restorative justice in addition to studying humanitarian aid to the Sudan.

Avram Bornstein (Department of Anthropology) researches the psycho-cultural elements of policing in New York City, with particular attention to community policing, police ethnicity and police education.

Roddrick Colvin (Department of Public Management) studies LGBT issues in the police force, as well as hate crimes and international human rights.

Baz Dreisinger (Department of English) is currently studying prisons, education and restorative justice.

Gwendolyn Gerber (Department of Psychology) explores gender issues in the relationships between police officers who work as partners

Maria “Maki” Haberfeld (Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) has conducted research in the areas of public and private law enforcement and provides leadership training to numerous police agencies nationally and internationally.

Delores Jones-Brown (Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) is the Director of the Center on Race, Crime, and Justice, a multifaceted multidisciplinary entity for exploring critical issues at the intersection of race / ethnicity, crime and justice.

David Kennedy (Department of Criminal Justice; Director, Center for Crime Prevention and Control) is the author of Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction. His research spans various topics related to urban crime and justice, and include (but are not limited to) youth homicide, drug markets, community safety, reduction of incarceration, and racial conflict associated with traditional crime control policies.

Dennis Jay Kenney (Department of Criminal Justice), formerly Director of Research for the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), consults regularly to numerous police agencies, and is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books including Police Pursuits: What We Know (2000).

Peter Moskos (Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) is the author of Cop in the Hood (Princeton University Press, 2008), which examines the war on drugs from a first-hand perspective.

Jon M. Shane (Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) retired from the Newark Police Department after 20 years as a captain. His current research interests are in performance management and policing.

Staci Strobl (Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) studies women in policing in the Arabian Gulf and the United States as well as alternative dispute resolution and crime in popular media.

Jeremy Travis (President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) is a leading scholar in the field of criminology. President Travis launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society and initiated research agendas on crime in a community context, sentencing and international crime. He has published numerous book chapters, articles and monographs on constitutional law, criminal law and criminal justice policy.

Monica Varsanyi (Department of Political Science) is currently conducting an NSF-funded project that explores the expanding involvement of city police in immigration enforcement and the impact this is having on the relationship between local police and (unauthorized) immigrant communities.

Maria Volpe (Director, CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium) has lectured and written extensively about dispute resolution processes, particularly mediation, and has been widely recognized for her distinguished career in the field of dispute resolution..