Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Inequality


Justice in a diverse and often unequal society presents a complex problem. Scholars at John Jay College are dedicated to providing an in-depth understanding of intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and class in American society and the criminal justice system.

Maureen Allwood (Department of Psychology) studies minority, immigrant, and refugee mental health issues, in addition to responses to trauma and violence.

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, in addition to his studies on the conflicts in Israel-Palestine.

Janice Johnson Dias (Department of Sociology) studies racial and gender stereotypes and the welfare system.

Kirk Dombrowski (Department of Anthropology) studies how various kinds of social inequality can be mapped and understood, including the use of social networks and quantitative analyses as well as conventional ethnographic methods.

Katarzyna Celinska (Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) studies violence prevention, program evaluation, the impact of imprisonment on offenders and their families, women’s issues in criminal justice, and has researched how imprisoned mothers struggle to maintain their maternal identities while separated from their children.

Effie Papatzikou Cochran (Department of English) studies gender, dialects and codeswitching, forensic linguistics, and English grammar.

Katie Gentile (Director, Women’s Studies) has published widely on the impact of sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and eating disorders, and on cultural representations of pregnancy, postpartum weight control and recent cultural shifts toward female domesticity.

Gwendolyn L. Gerber (Department of Psychology) researches gender issues in forensic psychology, police psychology, gender stereotyping, and sexual assault.

Demis E. Glasford (Department of Psychology) studies ways to reduce intergroup conflict/promote reconciliation; effective political and campaign messaging; the use of emotions to conduct better public diplomacy; the relation between psychological needs and differing political behavior of liberals and conservative; and understanding the individual and situational processes that lead to social change.

Delores Jones-Brown (Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration) is a Faculty Research Fellow 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.

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

Kwando Mbiassi Kinshasa (Department of African American Studies) examines the sociological interaction and consequences of voluntary and involuntary migration patterns on social unrest within the Africana Diaspora.

Lori Latrice Martin (Department of African American Studies) researches racial and ethnic differences in the types and levels of assets owned over time using census data.

Silvia Mazzula (Department of Psychology) focuses primarily on 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.

Kevin Nadal (Department of Psychology) researches the psychological impacts of microaggressions, or subtle and often unconscious forms of discrimination that send denigrating messages to people of color, women, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender individuals. He has studied Filipino Americans and researched the intersection of identities.

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

Edward Paulino (Department of History) studies race; genocide; borders; nation-building; Latin America and the Caribbean; the African Diaspora; and New York State history.

Allison Pease (Chair, Department of English) studies women in nineteenth and twentieth century British literature.

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.

Jodie Roure (Department of Latin American and Latino/a Studies) studies the areas of domestic violence/gender rights, criminal justice, international human rights, international criminal justice, race, class and ethnicity in the United States, and Latina/o studies.

Raul Rubio (Department of Foreign Languages and Literature) specializes in Cuban and Cuban-American literature, cinema, and popular culture.

Edward Snajdr (Department of Anthropology) researches urban redevelopment, violence, ethnicity, gender, human trafficking, environmentalism, and the application of anthropological perspectives in the fields of development, law and social justice.

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

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.

Patricia Tovar (Department of Anthropology) studies the consequences of armed conflict on women’s lives, the impact of new reproductive technologies for women,

Lucia Trimbur (Department of Sociology) studies race and racisms, gender, urban sociology and inequality, social theory, the sociology of crime and punishment, and ethnographic field methods.

Shonna Trinch (Department of Anthropology) studies the ways in which Latina women and socio-legal authorities in 10 different institutional settings collaborate and conflict in the creation of narratives of domestic abuse.