April 2021




Linda M. Reynolds ’80 was the first African-American woman Chief Deputy Sheriff in the country, and throughout her career she’s witnessed the devastation that terrorism can inflict on a country. During 9/11, Reynolds saw the chaos in the streets, and in the aftermath, she helped shoulder the emotional weight of searching for survivors. Vowing to help support programs that helped train future leaders focused on the safety of our citizenry, she recently established the Linda M. Reynolds Terrorism Studies Fellowship. Read More





Political Science Associate Professor Susan Kang Ph.D. happily joined our AAPI gathering, not knowing fully what to expect. What she found was an overwhelming sense of pride as she listened to the students answer the question, “What makes you proud of your heritage?” As the students each explained how they embraced specific elements of their Chinese, Filipino, and Bangladeshi heritage, Kang was visibly touched. Read More





If you’re not in the scientific community, and you’re not up on the latest measures being studied to combat terrorism and biological weapons, you might not know what ricin is, but Ai Inaba ’21 and Biochemistry Assistant Professor Artem V. Domashevskiy, Ph.D. have been spending a lot of time researching ways to prevent this deadly toxin from being used as a chemical/biological warfare agent. Read More





Six months ago, Professor Elsa-Sofia Morote, Ed.D., Ph.D., joined John Jay as our new Dean of Graduate Studies. She brought with her a passion for empowering and elevating underrepresented communities through equal access to higher education. We sat down with her to learn about her work and what she is most excited about as a member of John Jay’s community. Read More





Jacky Tung ’22 has always had a deep love and appreciation for the planet. “Every day, our planet provides for us and supports us in every way. The resources we use, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the electronic devices we use all come from the earth,” says Tung. “For all that our planet does for us, the least we can do is treat it with the respect it deserves.” Read More





Joie Ning ’24, an International Criminal Justice and Gender Studies major and a Macaulay Honor’s student, grew up in two neighborhoods in New York City—Bayside, Queens, and Chinatown in Manhattan. “When I was younger, living in Chinatown created a root of identity for me. Read More





Inspired by his personal experience as a cross country runner and his major in Forensic Psychology, student-athlete, Honors, and McNair student Brandon Dial ’21 focused his exploratory research study on the stigma surrounding mental health within the student-athlete population. Read More





“In February of 2020, I ended up getting a really bad allergy attack. I was up the whole night sneezing and coughing. I knew I wasn’t contagious or sick, but I needed to go to school, so I put on a mask—I was trying to be considerate of other people,” says Amy Lam ’23, a Law and Society major. “I was really tired, but I got on a bus that morning on my way to John Jay. A man walked in the bus, took one look at me, and he spit on me. Then he walked out the back door. I was like, Did you really get on the bus to do that? I just wiped it off and pretended it didn’t happen, but I knew for a fact that it was because of my race. I knew it was because I was wearing a mask. And, I knew it was because of this fear and paranoia about a virus from China.” Read More





Earlier this month, Mangai Natarajan, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, was recognized with the Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of international criminal justice across leadership, scholarship, and service. The award is given by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ international division and is among the highest honors in the international criminal justice field.


Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Jason Rauceo, Ph.D., has won this year’s John Jay College Outstanding Scholarly Mentor Award for going above and beyond to support our students.


Under the steady guidance of advisor Maria Victoria Pérez-Ríos, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Police Science, John Jay’s United Nations Student Association won the Outstanding Delegation award, as well as two peer awards and three position paper awards, at the 2021 National Model United Nations Conference.  


Deborah Koetzle, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Jeff Mellow, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, and Verónica Michel Luviano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, have won two grants totaling $2.5 million from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). The larger grant ($1,684,194.51) will fund a project where they’ll survey prisoners in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama on their perceptions and experiences of due process, rule of law, and life in prison. The smaller grant ($840,224.52) will fund the “Accusatorial Transition Report: Western Hemisphere Rule of Law Index and Analysis Program.”


Kathleen Collins, Professor and Librarian at John Jay, has published From Rabbit Ears to the Rabbit Hole: A Life with Television, analyzing the role of television in her life, television culture, and the evolution of the medium.


Aaron Zack, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science, has published “Eastern Exposure: Germany Looks at Russia” in the Survival: Global Politics and Strategy journal. 


Class Notes

Bryan Polite (B.A. ’06) was reelected chief of the Shinnecock Nation in Southampton, New York.


Zahid Quraishi (B.A. ’97) has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. If confirmed, Quraishi, who is currently a Magistrate Judge, would become the first Muslim-American to serve on a U.S. District Court.





Wednesday, April 28 to Thursday, May 6

Every year, John Jay College undergraduate and graduate students participate in the Research & Creativity Expo, displaying works that cover a multitude of disciplines and led by dedicated faculty. Projects range from one to two semester-long capstone projects, to long-term student-faculty collaborative work leading to publications, theses, or other proposals.


Monday, May 3

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

This 90-minute session reviews practical job search strategies and the process of making targeted applications, optimizing one’s LinkedIn visibility and interview preparation. Register in advance.


Tuesday, May 4

6:00 p.m. | Zoom

This event is sponsored by John Jay Athletics and the Office of External Affairs, in collaboration with RISE to Vote. Register for the event.


Thursday, May 6

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. | Zoom

Cinnie Noble, a pioneer in conflict coaching and developer of the CINERGY model of Conflict Management Coaching, will discuss the conflict coaching model process, and how coaching, neuroscience, and conflict management principles come together to provide a methodology for facilitating a client’s journey through their interpersonal disputes. To RSVP email: mvolpe@jjay.cuny.edu


Thursday, May 6 & Thursday, May 13

1:40 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. | Zoom

Many of us are unfamiliar with the experiences of Asians and Asian-Americans in the United States, enriching this country as leaders and laborers, movie stars, and small business owners. The recent increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans asks all of us to become more familiar with this history and our responsibilities toward creating and sustaining justice. Join us in watching the first and last episodes of the highly acclaimed PBS documentary series, Asian Americans.


Friday, May 7

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chuck Strozier, Founding Director of the Center on Terrorism and Professor Emeritus of History, will present “Plagues and Peoples, Disease and Violence.”


Monday, May 10

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. | Zoom

Join Associate Professor Susan Kang, Department of Political Science, as she facilitates a timely discussion with Congresswoman Grace Meng, the first and only Asian-American Member of Congress from New York State, and member of the House Appropriations Committee.


Thursday, May 13

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Zoom

Career chats are virtual sessions where you can hear from employers about their career journey and ask questions along the way. This month’s special guest is Alumna Rashida Jeremie ’11, Assistant Public Defender for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.


Wednesday, May 19

6:00 p.m. | Zoom

Mix and Mingle with Graduate Alumni


Thursday, May 20

12:00 p.m. | Zoom

Graduate Hooding Virtual Recognition


Wednesday, May 26

12:00 p.m. | Zoom

Celebration of the Class of 2021 Virtual Recognition












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