Research on religion at John Jay College covers a broad area, but many faculty members focus on concerns that are on the forefront of world issues. Areas of research include studies of Islamic Americans, American-Islam relations, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and Jewish political discourse and identity. In addition, researchers at John Jay are focusing on the role of religion in personal and political decision-making.
Amy Adamczyk (Department of Sociology) scholarly interests focus on social theory, religious contextual influences on delinquency and reproductive behaviors, and cross-national differences in attitudes about crime and deviance. She is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to study the effects of religion on health-related behaviors.
Scott Atran (Department of Sociology) is a leading expert on suicide terrorism and Al Qaeda. Atran's broadly interdisciplinary studies have appeared in scientific journals in dozens of countries and his work on religion and terrorism has been featured in numerous high profile news articles.
Mucahit Billici (Department of Sociology) ethnographic research focuses on Islam in America. His book, Finding Mecca in America: American Muslims and Cultural Citizenship was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2011.
Jack Jacobs (Department of Political Science) researches Jewish history, culture, and identity, with a focus on Jewish political culture in 20th century Europe.
Roy Lotz (Department of Sociology) has done research in a wide variety of areas, including religion, public opinion, mass communication, and juvenile delinquency.
Yuksel Sezgin (Department of Political Science) research areas include religious law, legal pluralism, informal justice systems, state-society relations, human rights and Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs.
Karen Terry (Department of Criminal Justice; Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Research) was principal investigator on two studies of child sexual abuse by Catholic Priests in the US.
Joshua Wilson (Department of Political Science) research concerns the varying abilities of political and social movements to use law - broadly defined - in the pursuit of political ends. He is particularly interested in the use of law by conservative public interests law firms and movements.