Immigration, Globalization, International Relations and World Issues


A number of socio-cultural, economic, and political factors shape current debates about immigration policies in the US. At John Jay College, scholars are studying this issue from many perspectives, from the experiences of immigrants in the US to law and public policy. Human trafficking, transnational crime, and political prisoners are just some of the issues currently being investigated by John Jay College scholars studying crime and culture on a global scale. In addition, researchers are actively investigating national conflicts, political geography and the impact of humanitarian aid.

Maureen A. Allwood (Department of Psychology) studies trauma, as well as minority, immigrant, and refugee mental health issues.

George Andreopoulos (Department of Political Science; Director, The Center for International Human Rights, which is funded by the Niarchos Foundation) has written extensively on international security, international human rights, and international humanitarian law issues.

Desmond Arias (Department of Political Science) examined the politics of crime and violence in Rio de Janeiro shantytowns. He has published articles on the politics of crime, NGOs, social mobilization, and human rights.

Jana Arsovska (Department of Sociology) researches transnational organized crime (specializing on Balkan/Albanian organized crime), cultural and comparative criminology, and transitional justice in post-conflict societies.

Rosemary Barbaret (Department of Sociology) studies a range of criminal justice issues, including crime and justice in Spain.

Teresa A. Booker (Department of African American Studies) researches the Sudan, peacekeeping, restorative justice, and human rights.

Avram Bornstein (Department of Anthropology) has done extensive ethnographic research over two decades in Israel-Palestine and published on issues such as border enforcement, work, political prisoners, healthcare, international intervention and ethnographic reflexivity.

David Brotherton (Department of Sociology) researches the relationship between social exclusion and resistance and is particularly involved in the application of cultural criminology to transnational populations.

Roddrick Colvin (Department of Public Management) studies international human rights policies as well as gay rights, hate crimes and employment policy.

Marcia Esparza (Department of Criminal Justice) researches state violence, genocide and memory-silence in the aftermath of mass killings. Among her current research projects is the examination of Cold War perpetrators' memories in Chile.

Jack Jacobs (Department of Political Science) is a renowned researcher of Jewish history, culture, and identity, with a focus on Jewish political culture in 20th century Europe. His latest work is Bundist Counterculture in Interwar Poland (Syracuse University Press, 2009).

Janice Johnson Dias (Department of Sociology) researches immigration, urban poverty, race, class and gender, research methods, welfare, human-services organizations, and health disparities.

Demis E. Glasford (Department of Psychology) a range of issues relating to political action, including how people respond to information about social injustices; ways to reduce intergroup conflict/promote reconciliation; and the use of emotions to conduct better public diplomacy.

Diana Gordon (Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice) specializes in participatory justice initiatives in democratizing countries as well as comparative criminal justice, and the politics of U.S. criminal justice.

Anru Lee (Department of Anthropology) studies migration and citizenship; Globalization; Taiwan; and Chinese societies, in addition to subways; gender in the workplace; and Urban Transit Systems.

Peter Mameli (Department of Public Management) researches the impacts of globalization processes on public administration, transnational crime and the oversight of public sector organizations. Recent projects have focused on such topics as government surveillance operations, international crime statistics and transnational human trafficking.

Silvia Mazzula (Department of Psychology) studies multicultural issues in psychology, including clinician multicultural competencies, biculturalism, acculturation, immigrant issues, racial/ethnic identity development, and health/mental health disparities, particularly among Latino/a-Americans.

Mangai Natarajan (Department of Criminal Justice) is one of the leading researchers on drug trafficking and studies the role of women police officers in India.

Hyunhee Park (Department of History) studies China, East Asia, Pre-modern Islamic World, East-West contacts, historical geography and cartography, and the Mongol Empire.

Antonio (Jay) Pastrana, Jr. (Department of Sociology) researches Latina/o Studies, sexualities, race, and human rights.

Lisandro Perez (Department of Latina/o American Studies) studies Cuban immigration. His research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Gilder Lerhman Institute of American History.

Jennifer Rutledge (Department of Political Science) researches social policy in developing countries and is studying the Supreme Court's ability to effect policy in India and food sovereignty in Africa.

Yuksel Sezgin (Department of Political Science) research areas include legal pluralism, informal justice systems, religious law, state-society relations, human rights and Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs.

Edward Snajdr (Department of Anthropology) has conducted fieldwork throughout post-communist Eurasia (Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and the Czech Republic) and in the U.S.

Staci Strobl (Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) studies Women in policing in the Arabian Gulf.

Hung-En Sung (Department of Criminal Justice) researches 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. His comparative research has revolved around the impact of democratization on political corruption and the administration of criminal justice.

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.

Christopher Warburton (Department of Economics) researches international law, transitional justice, stabilization policies and sustainable development.