Professor Emerita
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1984   PhD in Sociology,      Graduate Center, City University of New York
1961   MA Hunter College,   City University of New York
1955   BA Hunter College,   City University of New York

Lydia Rosner joined the Sociology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1985. Prior to that, she taught at Mercy College from 1977 - 1984 and was an instructor at the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Training Institute in 1977 and 1978. She has also served as Project Director for the National Center for Public Productivity and as Assistant Director of Research and Consultant for John Jay’s Criminal Justice Center. Professor Rosner's research on immigrants from the former Soviet Union has been cited in criminology and organized crime textbooks. Her study of the Brighton Beach migration provides a seminal way of examining immigrant crime. She regularly consults in the area of Russian crime and is frequently called upon to verify and inform about various issues within this parameter. She has also testified as an expert witness on this subject. Currently, she is working on a study of mid-career migration, which includes issues of migration, both legal and illegal; life-style choices for working women; and social development of an agrarian island into a busy tourist economy.

Scholarly Work


Chapter in Russian and Post-Soviet Organised Crime, Ashgate Publishing Limited, Internatioal Library of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Penology, May 2002. Preface to Organized Crime The Russian Connection, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, vol.11, no.4, December 1995.
Beating the System: Understood Ordinary Behavior. The Justice Professional. 1991 System Beating: Structural Impediments to the Public Good. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Vol 19.
(publication date 1992).

•Documenting the Destruction of a Successful Juvenile Rehabilitation Program. Journal of Offender
Rehabilitation.Vol 16,No.20 1990.

•(1989). Survivors and connivers. In Crime and the New Immigrants. Ed. by H.M. Launer and J.E.
Palenski. New York: C.W. Thompson, pp.103 - 115.

•(1988). Juvenile secure detention. Journal of Offender Counseling, Services and Rehabilitation.
12 (3/4 summer), pp. 57-76.,U.S. Department of Justice, National Criminal Justice Reference Service. NCJRS microfiche library.

•(1986). The Soviet Way of Crime. South Hadley, Ma.: Bergin and Garvey. •Review of International Labour Migration and Development: Case of Yugoslav Rural Areas. in International Migration


Review of The Soviet Man in Open Society, by Tamar Horowitz ed, in.International Migration Review, 91 (Fall 1990), 615-616.