Sung-suk Violet Yu
Sung-suk Violet
Associate Professor
Phone number
Room number
631.09T (Harren Hall)

Ph.D.,    Rutgers University-Newark (2009, Criminal Justice)
M.A.,      Rutgers University-Newark (2006, Criminal Justice)
M.A.,      Simon Fraser University (2004, Criminology)
B.A.,       Simon Fraser University (2002, Criminology)


Sung-suk Violet Yu, associate professor, earned her doctorate in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University—Newark. She comes to John Jay from the Vera Institute of Justice, where she was Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator of research projects focused on issues of corrections. She earned her master’s degree at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and came to Rutgers University with an Excellence Fellowship. She utilizes ArcGIS, GeoDa, CrimeStat III, MS SQL, SPSS, and Stata in her research, focusing on crime prevention, corrections, and impacts of environments on spatial patterns of crime.

Scholarly Work

Referred Journal Articles
Yu, Sung-suk V., Lee, Daiwon & Jessina M. Pizarro. (2020). "Illegal Firearm Availability and Violence: Neighborhood Level Analysis”.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Yu, Sung-suk V. & Hung-En Sung. (2015). “Suicidal Ideation of Probationers: Gender Differences”.  Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Vol. 36(6): 424-32

Yu, Sung-suk V. & Sung, Hung-En., Mellow, Jeff & Carl J. Koenigsmann. (2015). "Self-perceived health improvements among prison inmates". Journal of Correctional Health Care. Vol. 21(1), 59-69.

Yu, Sung-suk V. & Martha Smith. (2014). "Commuters using public transit in New York City: Using area-level data to identify neighbourhoods with vulnerable riders."  Security Journal. Vol. 27 (2), 194-209. Doi: 10.1057/sj.2014.6

Yu, Sung-suk V. & Michael G. Maxfield. (2014). "Ordinary Business: Impacts on Commercial and Residential Burglary". British Journal of Criminology. Vol. 54 (2), 298-320. Doi: 10.1093/bjc/azt064

Yu, Sung-suk V.; Sung, Hung-En; Mellow, Jeff  & Amy Shlosberg. (2014). "Prevalence and Correlates of Suicidal Ideation of Parolees". Psychiatric Services. Vol.65 (3), 381-386. Doi:10.1176/

Pizarro, Jessina M.; Corsaro, Nicholas and Sung-suk V. Yu (2007). “Journey to Crime and Victimization: An Application of Routine Activities Theory and Environmental Criminology to Homicide” Victims & Offenders. Vol. 2(4), 375-394.