Yuliya Zabyelina
Associate Professor
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NB 9.65.36

Post-doc/Newton Fellowship, University of Edinburgh, UK (2014)

Ph.D., University of Trento, Italy (2013)

M.A., Jacobs University Bremen, Germany (2008)


Yuliya Zabyelina, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice with teaching and service in the BA program in International Criminal Justice (ICJ), MA program in International Crime & Justice (IC&J), and the Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies (ACTOCS). 

Dr. Zabyelina’s research covers various forms of transnational organized crime and corruption and the existing domestic, regional and global mechanisms for their prevention and control. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary and draws from the theoretical foundations and methodologies of international law, criminology, and sociology.

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Zabyelina held a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and lectured at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and has taught at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

Between april 2021 and 2023, she served as Chair of the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS IS). She has also served as the ACJS Alternate Representative to the United Nations since 2019. Beginning fall 2023, she will be serving as Secretary of the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

JJC Affiliations
International Criminal Justice BA, International Crime & Justice MA
Courses Taught
  • ICJ 101 Introduction to International Crime and Justice 
  • ICJ 401 Capstone Seminar in International Crime and Justice
  • POL 260 International Relations
  • POL 225 Introduction to Research in Politics 
  • POL 325  The Politics of Transnational Crime 
  • POL 385 Supervised Research Experience in Political Science
  • POL 387 Faculty Mentored Research
  • ICJ 380 Selected Topics in International Criminal Justice
  • ICJ/PAD 762 Corruption and Global Economy
  • ICJ 706 Transnational Crime  
  • ICJ726 Drug Trafficking 


Professional Memberships

Dr. Zabyelina is actively involved in a number of professional associations around the world, including:

  • Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) 
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), International Section
  • American Society of Criminology (ASC) 
  • ECPR Standing Group on Organized Crime (ECPR-SGOC) 
  • International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC) 
English, Ukrainian, and Russian - fluent; German and Italian - basic
Scholarly Work

Books The Private Sector and Organized Crime: Criminal Entrepreneurship, Illicit  Profits, and Private Sector Security Governance (Routledge Studies in  Organised Crime): Savona, Ernesto U., Zabyelina, Yuliya, Thachuk, Kimberley  L.: 9781032056609: Amazon.com ...

Zabyelina, Y. (2023/forthcoming) Between Immunity and Impunity: External Accountability of Political Elites for Transnational Crime. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

Zabyelina, Y., and Thachuk, K. (eds.). (2022) The Private Sector and Organized Crime: Criminal Entrepreneurship, Illicit Profits, and Private Sector Security Governance. London and New York, NYRoutledge  

Zabyelina, Y., and Van Uhm, D. (eds.) (2020). Illegal Mining: Organized Crime, Corruption, and Ecocide in a Resource-Scarce World. London and New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 

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Honors and Awards

Dr. Zabyelina has received the following fellowships: The Newton International Fellowship (2013); The SAGE Junior Faculty Teaching Award (2015); The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2015). 

She is also the recipient of:

  • The Fellow Award (2021) from the Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Section (TLS) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) given in recognition of distinguished contribution to criminal justice education;
  • The Henry Wasser Award (2020) given in recognition of outstanding research, or potential for such, in the humanities or sciences, including social and life sciences, to Assistant Professors from all CUNY campuses;
  • The Outstanding Scholarly Mentor Award (2020) given by the John Jay College Office for Student Research & Creativity in recognition of faculty who have provided exceptional student mentoring by engaging undergraduates in scholarly research or creative work; 
  • The Presidential Student-Faculty Research Award (2019) from the John Jay College Office of the President in conjunction with the Office for the Advancement of Research and the Office of Student Research & Creativity. The award sponsors proposals for research and creative projects designed to involve students directly in substantive, faculty-mentored experiences;
  • The Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award (2018) given by the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR) to tenure-track or tenured faculty who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship in the previous three calendar years;
  • The Donal MacNamara Junior Faculty Award (2016) given by the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR) to an assistant professor who has made a significant scholarly contribution in the preceding two years to the fields of criminal justice or criminology.
Research Summary

Yuliya Zabyelina is currently Co-Director on a research project that assesses the implementation of anticorruption conventions in the Western Hemisphere funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Department of State (see WHACI). She previously examined the illegal trade in amber in Ukraine, terrorism financing from organized crime activities, informal policing in Ukraine, and white-collar crime, among other topics, with support from the Research Foundation of the City University of New York (RF CUNY).