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Jay P.
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1999 PhD    University of California, Riverside (Economics)

1995 MA     University of California, Riverside (Economics)

1993 BA      University of Redlands (Political Science)


Jay P. Hamilton is an Assistant Professor in the Economics DepartmentSince joining John Jay in 1999, he has taught Economics, Criminal Justice and Public Administration. He specializes in illegal transaction and policy analysis.  His research examines the nature of gift giving/sharing of illegal drugs & other non-monetary transactions, corruption, drug markets, equity dimensions of criminal justice policy, and pluralist/heterodox teaching. He served as the Economics Department Chair from 2011 to 2020.

JJC Affiliations
Economics BS and MA programs, International Crime & Justice MA
Scholarly Work

Peer Reviewed Publications & Book Chapters

​Dhondt, G., Dufour, M., Hamilton, J., Seda-Irizarry, I. (2017). “Developing Heterodox Economics Curriculum: The case of John Jay College.” American Review of Political Economy 11 (2), 126-136.

Wendel ,T., Dhondt, G., Curtis, R., & Hamilton, J. (2016). “More drugs, less crime”: why crime dropped in New York City, 1985–2007.” Dialectical Anthropology 40 (4), 319-339.

Wendel ,T., Dhondt, G., Curtis, R., & Hamilton, J. (2016). “Cheaper drugs, and thus less crime: the crime drop’s “Philosopher’s Stone?” in New York City, 1985–2007.” Dialectical Anthropology 40 (4), 385-393.

Hamilton, J.P. (2005). “Receiving marijuana and cocaine as gifts and through sharing.” Substance Use and Misuse 40, 361-368.

Klotz, J.H., Jetter, K.M., Greenberg, L., Hamilton, J.P., Kabashima, J., & Williams, D. F. (2003). An insect pest of agricultural, urban, and wildlife areas: The Red Imported Fire Ant. In D.A. Sumner (Ed.). Exotic pests and diseases: Biology and economics for biosecurity (pp. 151-166). Ames, IA: Iowa State Press.

Jetter, K.M., Hamilton, J.P., & Klotz, J.H. (2002). Eradication costs calculated: Red imported fire ants threaten agriculture, wildlife and homes. California Agriculture 56 (1) 26-34.

Klotz, J.H., Reid, B. & Hamilton, J.P. (2000). Locomotory efficiency in ants using structural guidelines (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 35, (1) 79-88.

Hamilton, J.P. (1999). Red imported fire ant. In R. H. Coppock & M. Kreith (Eds.). Exotic Pests and Diseases: Biology, Ecology, Public Policy (pp. 190‑194). Davis, CA: University of California Agricultural Issues Center.


Hamilton J.P. (2010). “Lessons Learned from the National Online MPA-IG Program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.” October 2012 PA Times 28th Annual Education Supplement: Online Vs. Traditional Education, How to Choose.

Hamilton, J. P. (2009). 2008 Fall Conference Remembered. Association of Inspectors General Winter 2009 Newsletter.

Hamilton, J. P. (2007). Book Review of Clark K. Ervin‘s Open Target. Association of Inspectors General Fall 2007 Newsletter.

Hamilton, J.P. (2003). Benefit-cost analysis. In J. Rabin (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Public Administration & Public Policy. New York: Marcel Dekker Publishing