Annual Research Awardees

Annual Research Awardees

Every year the Office for the Advancement of Research issues a call for application for our Annual Research Awards and every year a variety of faculty members are selected to receive these awards. To see our most recent call for applications, please visit here.

2019 Awardees

2019 Scholarly Excellence Award Winners

Amy Adamczyk, Sociology
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Dr. Amy Adamczyk is Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Programs of Doctoral Study in Sociology and Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. She holds MA degrees from the University of Chicago and the Graduate Center/ Queens College, and she completed her BA degree at Hunter College. Her research focuses on how different contexts (e.g. nations, counties, friendship groups), and personal religious beliefs shape people’s deviant, criminal, and health-related attitudes and behaviors. Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review, which is sociology’s highest ranked journal and the flagship for the American Sociological Association. She has also published in Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Quarterly, Sociology of Religion, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.  In 2017 Professor Adamczyk published her first book, Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality (University of California Press), which examines why the public’s support for LGBTQ individuals varies so substantially across the world. The analysis is carried out using survey data from almost ninety societies, case studies of various countries, content analysis of newspaper articles, and in-depth interviews in Taiwan to examine how demographic and individual characteristics influence acceptance of homosexuality. Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality was awarded the 2018 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section Outstanding Book Award.

Sara McDougall, History
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Sara McDougall is Associate Professor of History at John Jay and a member of the doctoral faculty in French, History, and Medieval Studies at the Graduate Center. She specializes in medieval French history and has broad interests in legal history and women’s history. Recent publications include Royal Bastards: The Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230 (Oxford University Press), the Gender & History Special Issue: Marriage's Global Past, “Bastard Priests: Illegitimacy and Ordination in Medieval Europe,” “The Transformation of Adultery in France at the End of the Middle Ages.” She has presented her current research on single mothers and infanticide in medieval France at the Sorbonne and at the University of Pennsylvania. She has held fellowships at the Advanced Research Collaborative and the Institute for Advanced Study.

Edward Paulino, History

Edward Paulino is an associate professor in the department of global history at John Jay College/CUNY where among the several courses he teaches is the History of Genocide: the only undergraduate course of its kind in the CUNY system. A Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist by training his recent book Dividing Hispaniola : the Dominican Republic's Border Campaign against Haiti, 1930-1961 , traces the origin and relationship of the Dominican state with Haiti through its porous border region and its local citizens, including murderous policies such as the 1937 genocidal Haitian massacre. Based on his scholarship he has written and performed his first one-person show entitled "Eddie's Perejil" at universities like Duke, Brown, and NYU about coming of age in New York City’s NYCHA during the 1980s while confronting a genocidal past in his parent’s homeland of the Dominican Republic. In 2016 Paulino was selected for the prestigious original 50 Playwrights Project: As a scholar-activist he is a co-founder of Border of Lights: a volunteer humanitarian organization that since 2012 has travelled every year to the Dominican Republic and Haiti to commemorate the estimated 15,000 victims of the 1937 genocide while promoting solidarity and understanding between Haitians and Dominicans as well as advocating for citizenship rights for Dominican-born children of Haitian descent. Paulino is also a board member of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights: an organization that educates, defends, and protects the rights of immigrants. 

Erin Thompson, Art and Music
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Erin Thompson obtained her BA (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Barnard College, her PhD in Art History from Columbia University, and her JD from Columbia Law School, along with a certificate in Global Business Law from the Institut d’Études Politiques and Paris I (Sorbonne). After working as a lawyer for Hogan Lovells and the Conflicts of Interest Board of the City of New York, she is currently an associate professor of art crime at John Jay College (CUNY). She studies the damage done to humanity’s shared heritage through looting, theft, and deliberate destruction of art, including during the current conflicts in Syria. She is also interested in the legalities and ethics of digital reproductions of cultural heritage, as well as art made by detainees at the United States military prison camp known as Guantánamo Bay; she curated an exhibit of this artwork in New York in 2017-18. Besides traditional scholarly publications, she has written on the above topics in publications including The New York Times, Paris Review Daily, Kenyon Review, and The Nation, and has spoken at many universities as well as on CNN, NPR, BBC, two TEDx conferences, and the Freakonomics podcast. She was a Fellow at the Rice University Humanities Research Center from 2017-2018 and a Public Scholar of the New York Council for the Humanities from 2015-2018. Her book, Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors (Yale University Press) was named an NPR Best Book of 2016.

Kevin Wolff, Criminal Justice

Kevin Wolff headshotKevin T. Wolff is an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He also serves as the chief methodologist at the Research and Evaluation Center and on the doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center. He earned his PhD from the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. His research interests include the spatial and temporal patterning of crime, juvenile justice, program evaluation, and quantitative methods. His work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, including Justice Quarterly, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of Criminal Justice, and was recently awarded the best paper of the year award by Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.


2019 Donal E. J. MacNamara Award Winner

Kevin Wolff, Criminal Justice