Violent Crime, Serial Offenders, and Victimization


Violence can take many forms, and scholars at John Jay College are interested in understanding and helping prevent a range of violent crimes, from street crime and firearm violence to political and state violence. At John Jay, scholars are also interested in understanding the experiences of victims of these types of crimes.

Maureen Allwood (Department of Psychology) researches children and adolescents’ emotional, behavioral and physiological response to trauma and violence (e.g., war, domestic, community violence), including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and delinquent behaviors.

Rosemary Barberet (Department of Sociology) studies victimization, violence against women, business crime, and crime indicators, as well as self-reported youth crime.

Preeti Chauhan (Department of Psychology) focuses broadly on the intersection of neighborhood and individual level risk factors for antisocial behavior, psychopathology, and victimization, with an emphasis on understanding their contribution to racial disparities.

Ric Curtis (Department of Anthropology) is a leading public health researcher who investigates a range of justice-related topics including drug markets and 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 prostitution.

Marcia Esparza (Department of Criminal Justice) researches state violence, genocide and memory-silence in the aftermath of mass killings. Her research experience includes her work for the United Nations’ sponsored Truth Commission in Guatemala. Her current research projects include he examination of Cold War perpetrators’ memories in Chile.

Andrew Karmen (Department of Sociology) researches a range of subjects including victimology, and crime and justice in New York City.

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

Michael Pfeifer (Department of History) studies the history of collective violence and criminal justice.  He is the author of The Roots of Justice: Origins of American Lynching.

C. Gabrielle Salfati (Department of Psychology) studies the classification of homicide based on the actions the offender engages in at the crime scene, the characteristics of victims, and the characteristics of offenders. This work relates to parallel projects looking at the issues of the development and the consistency of violent behavior across an offender's criminal career and other aspects of their non-criminal lives.

Louis B. Schlesinger (Department of Psychology) is widely published on the subjects of homicide, sexual homicide, and criminal psychopathology.

Abby Stein (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies) studies criminal psychopathology, child maltreatment, and states of consciousness during violent perpetration and victimization.

Karen Terry (Department of Criminal Justice; Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Research) is a leading researcher on sex crimes and has been involved with numerous research projects regarding sexual offenses and offenders, as well as the experiences of victims of sexual abuse. Most notably, she was been the principal investigator for two national studies on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.