Mangai Natarajan

Mangai Natarajan

Dr. Mangai
Professor and Director, International Criminal Justice BA program
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1991 PhD Criminal Justice School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey

1984 Post Graduate diploma Indo-Japanese Studies in Social Sciences and Japanese Language, University of Madras, India 

1982 MA Criminology, University of Madras, India

1976 BSc Natural Science, University of Madras, India


Mangai Natarajan PhD is a professor of criminal justice, and the director of International Criminal Justice BA program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. She is an active policy-oriented researcher who has published widely in the following areas: drug trafficking; women police, gender based violence and international crime and justice. She is an expert on cross cultural comparative research including many forms of violence against women. She has incorporated her two decades of empirical research on women policing in book titled Women Policing in a Changing Society: Back Door to Equality (2008, Ashgate Publishing, UK).  In 2013, she received Excellence Research on Improving Policing for Women – Highly Commended Award by Australasian Council of Women and Policing  sponsored by the Law Council of Australia, which acknowledges her twenty-five years of research on women in policing and the resultant peer-reviewed publications.

In 2000 with Mike Hough she published an edited book on Illegal Drug Markets: From Research to Policy published by Crime Prevention Studies by Criminal Justice Press. She edited the following collections for Ashgate:  Women Police (2005); Domestic Violence (2007); Drugs of Abuse-The International Scene (Volume 1) 2010, Drugs and Crime (Volume 2) 2010, Drug Abuse: Prevention and Treatment (Volume 3) 2010; Crime Opportunity Theories: Routine Activity, Rational Choice and Their Variants (2011). In 2011, she published International Crime and Justice. (Cambridge University Press), a text book consisting of 66 short chapters written by a team of 75 world experts. In 2015-2016, she edited a special issue on Crime in Developing Countries for Crime Science Journal, a peer reviewed open access journal.  

Dr. Natarajan is not only an active researcher but is also a dedicated teacher in the undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs and is the founding member and director of the International Criminal Justice Major, one of the fastest growing and popular majors at John Jay.









Please see CV for publications



Transnational Crime; Gender issues and Criminal Justice inclding Women in Policing around the World; Gender based Violence; Crime Prevention  research in Developing Countries; Wild Life Crime including Human-Animal Conflict; Policing Domestic Violence across Cultures

Research interest

Transnational Organized Crime; World Atrocities; Gender based Violence; International and Transnational Crime and Justice; Innovative Methodologies in Studying Crime and Justice issues; Evaluation of What Works in Crime Prevention; Technology and Policing


Her wider academic interests revolve around crime theories that promote crime reduction policy thinking and her related areas of expertise include Criminological Theory; Criminal Justice Case Processing;  International Crime and Justice; Cross-cultural studies on a variety of Criminal Justice issues; Women and Criminal Justice; Violence against Women; Drug and Health issues, including Drug Treatment Programs; Transnational Organized Crime including Drug Trafficking; Victimology, Social Network Analysis; Crime Mapping; Problem Oriented Policing and Crime Analysis; Situational Crime Prevention; Policy Oriented Research, Research Methods (Qualitative and Quantitative). Training: problem orieneted policing and gender issues for police;  mixed research methods for students and faculty.