Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Tanya Coke

Tanya Coke, Public Management

Tanya Coke is a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College. Her recent past professional experience include program development consultant for major foundations and social justice nonprofits in the United States. Past clients include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Open Society Institute, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Ford Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Atlantic Philanthropies. Ms. Coke was previously Program Manager for the US Human Rights Fund, a donor collaborative of Public Interest Projects. The US Human Rights Fund provides field-building support to human rights advocacy in the United States. Ms. Coke’s areas of expertise include racial justice, criminal justice and humanrights.

From 1998 to 2002, she was a program director at the Open Society Institute, where she supervised OSI’s grantmaking on indigent defense, death penalty and sentencing reform. Ms. Coke began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund as a research director in its capital punishment project. After attending law school, she practiced as a trial attorney in the Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society, from where she defended clients in drug, immigration and other federal matters in New York City. Ms. Coke graduated from Yale College and New York University School of Law, where she was a Root Tilden public interest scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the New York University Law Review. She served as law clerk to the Honorable Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Coke received the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1988 and the Distinguished Recent Graduate Award from NYU’s School of Law in 2004. She serves on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch’s US Program, and on the board of directors for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana and the IMANI College Advocacy Center of Montclair, New Jersey. She has also led a Montclair Public Schools task force commissioned to update the school district’s nationally recognized integration program. Currently, she is principal investigator for the School- Justice Project at John Jay College.

Michelle Holder

Michelle Holder, Assistant Professor of Economics

Michelle Holder is an Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Prior to joining the John Jay faculty, she worked professionally as an economist for several years in both the non-profit and government sectors, including as senior labour market analyst at an 160 year old non-profit antipoverty organization where she analyzed and wrote about labor force and poverty trends in New York City, and as an economist at the Office of the State Deputy Comptroller for New York City where she monitored and wrote about trends in the low-wage labour force. Michelle’s research focuses primarily on the position and status of African Americans in the labour market, and her economic policy reports have been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Amsterdam News, El Diario, The Village Voice, The Nation, Al Jazeera, and the Huffington Post. Her educational background includes Master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the New School for Social Research as well as a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Fordham University.

Mathew Barry Johnson, Associate Professor of Psychology

Matthew B. Johnson’s general interest involves how psychology informs due process. His scholarship and research have focused on the areas of interrogation and confession, wrongful conviction, mental status defenses, and parental rights termination in family court.  He recently developed an instrument to assess 'Interrogations Expectations', an aspect of the Miranda comprehension and waiver process that has been neglected in the research literature.  Dr. Johnson's work in this area demonstrates that suspects may understand the Miranda rights but doubt the police will honor the rights during interrogation.  During the Spring 2010 semester, Professor Johnson was Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice, where he conducted a graduate seminar on 'Interrogation and Confession'. 

Professor Johnson's publications and testimony have been cited favorably in New Jersey Supreme Court decisions.  He served on the Executive Committee of New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (, the lead organization in the successful campaign that abolished the death penalty in New Jersey in 2007.  He also was a member of the American Bar Association, Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities – Task Force on Mental Disability and the Death Penalty.  In 2013 Professor Johnson was elected to the Board of the National Association of Black Psychologists and he authored the organization's Death Penalty Abolition Resolution (2012) and public policy paper on the death penalty (2013).  Dr. Johnson was named the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Outstanding Teacher in 2007.  Dr. Johnson is involved the teaching and training of psychology students at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level.  

Karin Martin

Karin Martin, Assistant Professor of Public Management

Karin Martin, PhD is Assistant Professor of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she is also Faculty Director of the Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship (a program of the Prisoner Reentry Institute). She is the Deputy Executive Officer of the Policy, Oversight, and Administration specialization of CUNY's Graduate Center Criminal Justice doctoral program. Her areas of expertise are crime policy and multimethod research design, with an emphasis on the origins and consequences of unwarranted racial disparities. Her current projects include a multi-method investigation of criminal justice debt, a survey experiment examining dehumanization in the criminal justice system, and an assessment of the role of implicit racial bias in support for punitive crime policy. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow, a National Science Foundationfunded Fellow in the Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) Program in Politics, Economics, Psychology, and Public Policy, and was a 2009 RAND Summer Associate.

Brett G. Stoudt

Brett Stoudt, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Brett G. Stoudt, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department with a joint appointment in the Gender Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal justice as well as the Environmental Psychology Doctoral Program at the Graduate Center. He has worked on numerous participatory action research projects with community groups, lawyers, and policy-makers nationally and internationally. His interests include the social psychology of privilege and oppression as well as aggressive and discriminatory policing practices. He is also interested in critical methodologies, particularly critical approaches to quantitative research. His work has been published in volumes such as Class Privilege & Education Advantage and Conflict, Interdependence, & Justice.