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PhD       Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
M.Phil.   Criminology, Cambridge University, England
BSS       Chinese University of Hong Kong


Leona Lee earned her Masters Degree in criminology from Cambridge University, England, and her Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University. She has done extensive research in the areas of juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice, and court sentencing or dispositions, and has published in the Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Crime and Justice, Juvenile and Family Court Journal, and Youth and Society. She also completed Themes of the Times on Juvenile Delinquency (Allyn & Bacon, 2008). She wrote a book chapter “Organized crime in Asia” in Introduction to International Crime and Justice (Natarajan, Ed. Cambridge University Press, 2011). Her recent book review of Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States (Solinger, Johnson, Raimon, et al. Eds., University of California Press, 2010) appears in Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, Jan 6, 2011:88-89.  Her current research focuses on the integration of psychological and sociological concepts in the explanation of crime. Using data she collected from the United States, England, and Hong Kong, she is currently examining the effects of sensation seeking on criminality. She has received several PSC-CUNY grants to study ethnic stereotyping of Hispanics (2012) and Asian Americans (2010), ethnic stereotyping in the classroom (2008), bullying in the workplace (2007), the association between masculinity, femininity and spouse selection (2005, 2006), and sensation seeking and criminal behavior (1999, 2002, 2003). She examined court dispositions in a research report, Factors Associated with Arraignment Outcomes in New York City Criminal Courts (New York City Criminal Justice Agency, 1995). In collaboration with James Lynch, she completed a report Exploring the Effects of Incarceration on the Safety and Well-being of Families and Inmates Using the Crime Victimization Survey (National Institute of Justice, Grant #2006-IJ-CX-0007, June 2008) that analyzed the relation between incarceration and victimization of inmates’ families. She was also the recipient of the Bureau of Justice Statistics Award (summer, 1994) and the John Jay College Presidential Award for Research Assistance (2002). She is an external reviewer for American Sociological Review, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Sage Publications, Simon & Schuster, Sage Publications, University of Albany Press, Wadsworth Publishing Company, and Oxford University Press. Her analysis of the murder of female international students appeared in “The murder of female Asian foreign students in the United States,” Supplement to the World Journal, World Journal (June 5, 2011:16-19). She was supervisor of the following Master’s theses: Whistle Blowing in the Police Force (Nakayama, Kotono, 2004); United States v. Europe:  A Comparative analysis of American, French, German and Russian Punitiveness, (Kutateladze, Besiki 2005); Juvenile Justice Today: An Overview of the History and Current Policies and Programs (Lyons, Deanna 2009); “Enjo Kosai” and Male Dominance in Japanese Society (Shiga, Akiko 2009).