Urban Crime and Justice


Crime in urban environments is particularly relevant to students and researchers working at an urban university. At John Jay College, scholars are focusing on a range of crime-related issues that affect cities. These include demography, urban poverty, gangs and substance abuse. Many of our urban researchers are esteemed ethnographers who offer unique insights into urban social problems.

Carla Barrett (Department of Sociology) studies court-involved youth, particularly juveniles tried as adults, and urban youth and violence.

David Brotherton (Department of Sociology) is an ethnographer whose studies include high school drop-outs, street gangs, deportees and undocumented immigrants.

Ric Curtis (Department of Anthropology) is a leading public health researcher who investigates a range of justice-related topics including drug markets, drug taking behavior and HIV/AIDS. He is currently working on several projects, including a study for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to examine drug injector behaviors in Long Island and New York City; a study of drug dealing and violence in Rochester, New York; and a study of child prosititution.

Janice Johnson Dias (Department of Sociology) examines the intersections of race, class and gender within the context of human-service agencies.

Ernest Drucker (Senior Research Associate) is a leading public health researcher who conducts research in HIV/AIDS, drug policy, and prisons, and is active in public healt and human rights efforts in the US and abroad. He is now completing a book for The New Press: A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.

Gail Garfied (Department of Sociology) studies child welfare, public housing, foster care, drug treatment for women, and violence against women.

Robert Garot (Department of Sociology) studies youth in inner-city schools, and is particularly interested in responses to violence.

Andrew Karmen (Department of Sociology) has published on a range of topics including , delinquency, victimology, homicide, and crime trends.

David Kennedy (Department of Criminal Justice; Director, Center for Crime Prevention of and Control at John Jay). 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.

Samantha Majic (Department of Political Science) researches gender and American politics, with specific interests in prostitution policy, HIV/AIDS prevention, social movements, and the nonprofit sector.

Jayne Mooney (Department of Sociology) researches a number of areas including patterns of violence, domestic violence, and crime and the inner city.

Mangai Natarajan (Department of Criminal Justice) has published widely in three areas: drug trafficking; women police and domestic violence.

Barry Spunt (Department of Sociology) focuses on the relationship between drugs and violence. Most recently he completed a five-year ethnographic study of the heroin scene in New York City.

Hung-En Sung (Department of Criminal Justice) specializes in substance abuse issues and comparative analysis of crime and justice. In the area of substance abuse policy and practice, his current work focuses on the diversion and treatment of chronic offenders with co-occurring disorders and the role of faith-based treatment in American and East Asian societies. Dr. Sung was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities for his project, Building a Sustainable Community-Linked Partnership for Behavioral Health among Chinese Immigrants in New York City.

Lucia Trimbur (Department of Sociology) is an urban sociologist whose research interests include race and racisms and gender.

Travis Wendell (Research Associate) conducts research on drug use and drug markets, specifically methamphetamine markets in New York City (funded by the National Institute of Justice) and HIV risk behavior (funded by Centers for Disease Control).

Jock Young (Department of Sociology) is the world's premier theorist in critical criminology. He coauthored the founding text in that field, The New Criminology (1973), and has since authored such seminal works as The Drugtakers, The Exclusive Society, and The Vertigo of Late Modernity.