Media, Culture, and Crime


Media is often seen as both shaping and reflecting current culture. John Jay College scholars are engaged in answering many questions about the relationship between the media, popular culture, and crime.

C Jama Adams (Department of African American Studies) researches masculinities, fatherhood and black identity in the age of cultural ambiguity.

Alexa Capeloto (Department of English) was the San Diego Union-Tribune’s enterprise editor, overseeing investigative, explanatory, trend and enterprise stories.

Bettina Carbonell (Department of English) studies the relationship between narration and ethics in the representation of American history; narratives of conquest, resistance and transcendence; cultural activism through literature and other art forms; and museums and American culture.

David A. Green (Department of Sociology) examines the interrelationship between crime, media, public opinion, and politics in a comparative perspective. His first book, When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 and won the 2009 British Society of Criminology Book Prize.

Helen Kapstein (Department of English) specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, contemporary British literature, cultural and media studies, and Anglophone African literature and culture. Her current book project, "A New Kind of Safari: Tourism in Postcolonial Literature and Culture," argues that tourism is a nation-making experience.

Anru Lee (Department of Anthropology) researches the Asian Pacific region and issues of capitalism, modernity, gender and sexuality, and urban anthropology.

Kyoo Lee (Department of Philosophy) studies modernity on various registers: conceptual, cultural, socio-political, historical, rhetorical, aesthetical, technological, and pedagogical.

Bilici Mucahit (Department of Sociology) studies the cultural citizenship of Muslim communities and the emergence of a distinct American Islam.

Nivedita Majumdar (Department of English) studies postcolonial literature, Marxist theory, theories of nationalism and cultural studies. Her edited book, The Other Side of Terror: Writings on Terrorism in South Asia, published by Oxford University Press, is the first book of its kind pertaining to any part of the globe that is primarily based on literary representations of terrorism.

Richard Ocejo (Department of Sociology) the interrelationship between urban change and the nighttime economy. Specifically he examines gentrification and urban growth policies, through the analytical lenses of nightlife scenes and nighttime consumption.

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

* Please visit the Center on Media, Crime and Justice, the nation’s only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st-century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society.