Gohar Petrossian

Gohar Petrossian

Associate Professor
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Haaren Hall - 636.03


Ph.D.,   Rutgers University-Newark, School of Criminal Justice (2012, Criminal Justice)
M.A.,    CUNY - John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2006, Criminal Justice)
B.A.,     Hartwick College (2000, Political Science, minor in French)


Dr. GOHAR PETROSSIAN is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Director of the International Crime and Justice Master’s Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr Petrossian is also the co-editor of the Problem-Oriented Policing Guides (at the popcenter.org) for Wilderness Problems. She is a quantitative researcher and crime scientist, and her research focuses on testing the application of environmental criminology and opportunity theories of crime, with a particular focus on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Dr. Petrossian has published over two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters on the topic of wildlife trafficking and IUU fishing. She is the author of the book The Last Fish Swimming: The Global Crime of Illegal Fishing (Global Crime and Justice Series. ABC-CLIO, LLC, Praeger Imprint) published in 2019. In 2015, Dr Petrossian was invited by the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement to attend the Globalization of Fisheries Conference in Texel and present her research on the spatial patterns of illegal fishing across the Western African coastline. In 2019, Dr Petrossian was hired as a fisheries crime expert and consultant by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (Vienna office) to evaluate the FishNET project implemented by the organization in Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2020, Dr Petrossian was invited by the National Science Foundation as a reviewer and panelist to evaluate grant proposals submitted to the agency that relate to the issue of illegal wildlife crime. Dr Petrossian’s work has been featured by Global Fishing Watch (A Google, Oceana, and Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation initiative), Yale University’s Environment Review, National Geographic, PBS Nature, and CUNY Newswire.

JJC Affiliations

Department of Criminal Justice; MA Program in International Crime and Justice; Program of Doctoral Studies in Criminal Justice - CUNY Graduate Center

Languages spoken/fluent in

Armenian, Russian, English