February 2017




New Report Ranks John Jay 10th in Nation in Student Social Mobility Jay College has been recognized again for contributing to students' economic mobility into the middle class and beyond. A new report from The Equality of Opportunity Project lists John Jay in the top 10 nationally in intergenerational mobility of students.  Read More 

Students Spend Winter Break in Mandela's Footsteps is said that South Africa cannot be understood without being experienced. During the recent winter break, about a dozen John Jay students got a thorough immersion in the vibrant complexity that is South Africa, thanks to a study-abroad trip to Cape Town that focused on "The Culture of Race, Resistance & Revolution in South Africa, Then & Now." Read More


Winter Session Heats Up Again recently completed three-week winter session at John Jay once again raised the bar of success, with 1,788 students opting to take one or more courses from a diverse palette of on-campus and online offerings.  The winter enrollment represented a 5.5-percent increase from the 2016 session, noted Douglas Boettner, Director of the Office of Special Academic Sessions, who credited the third consecutive year of winter-session growth to expanded marketing and outreach efforts and an increase in online courses. Read More  

High APA Honors for Psychology Faculty          

Two leading members of John Jay's Department of Psychology have been recognized by the American Psychological Association with top honors for their contributions to the profession. Professor Saul Kassin, a recognized expert in the study of false confessions, was announced in mid-December as the winner of the APA's 2017 award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy. Professor Kevin Nadal was chosen to receive the  organization's 2017 Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. Read More 


The Call to Service is Sweet Music for John Jay Senior John Jay senior Elijah Font was recently interviewed by Fox 5, the focus of the conversation was his involvement in the CUNY Cultural Corps, an offshoot of CUNY Service Corps.  Read More

New Book Calls for Getting Smarter about Cybercrime, when they occur, are almost unrivaled in generating attention and even fear. Whether in the form of assaults on individual bank accounts or coordinated efforts to skew a presidential election, most people agree that protecting our data should be a top national priority. Nonetheless, there is a broad gap between knowing what to protect and understanding how to protect it. Read More


A Probing Look at World Views on Homosexuality 2008, Amy Adamczyk, a professor of sociology at John Jay, wrote an article for the journal Social Science Research comparing attitudes toward homosexuality around the world. It became her most cited article, and went on to become one of the journal's most downloaded articles.  Read More  

Salute to Private-Sector Partners Feb. 2, President Jeremy Travis hosted a reception for John Jay's current and prospective corporate internship partners, at which recent alumnus Omar Jennings (above) spoke of his internship with L'Oreal. Among the private-sector representatives at the event were those from Verizon, CBS, Johnson & Johnson, and Univision.  




Faculty and Staff Notes


On Board 

Dana R. Davies (Enrollment Management) is the new interim Vice President for Enrollment Management. Davies, who holds an M.B.A. from Temple University, comes to John Jay from Saint Leo University in Florida, where she was Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management. She has also served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at Arcadia University and Director of Undergraduate Enrollment at Drexel University, both in Pennsylvania


Delores Jones-Brown (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) was a featured speaker on Feb. 12 as part of the Berkshire Human Rights Speaker Series, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire. Jones-Brown spoke on "The Future of Racial Justice and Policing: Where Do We Go from Here?"

Matthew Johnson (Psychology) will be a guest on a special two-part edition of the TV program "Due Process," a presentation of Rutgers Law School - Newark and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The program, which will explore the growing phenomenon of DNA rape exoneration and the need for reform, will air on Feb. 18 (7 P.M.), Feb. 19 (9:30 A.M. and 7 P.M.) and Feb. 21 (11:30 P.M.) Visit  for more information.

Itai Sneh (History) was the keynote speaker at the Sixth Euroacademia International Conference: Re-Inventing Eastern Europe, which was held in Belgrade, Serbia, on Jan. 27. He spoke on : "Cold War and Helsinki:  Eastern Europe Defined by Human Rights."

The Printed Page

Joseph Giacalone

(Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) has had a third edition of his textbook, The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators, published by Looseleaf Law Inc. He is also working on a new project, Crime Study Challenges, for which he conducts interviews with experts from the field and turns them into online video quizzes. The first such challenge will be based on an interview he conducted with retired Phoenix Police Capt. Carroll Cooley, the detective who arrested Ernesto Miranda in March 1963.

Maria D'Agostino and Nicole Elias (Public Management guest-edited a special symposium issue of the journal Administration and Society on "Women in Public Administration," which includes their jointly authored editorial, "The Future of Women in Public Administration." The Jan. 18, 2017, issue Elias's article "Constructing and Implementing Transgender Policy for Public Administration" and D'Agostino's article "Changing the Narrative: The Difference Women Make in Public Administration."



Deryn Strange (Psychology) is the new president of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition.





Feb. 28  6:00 PM

The Lloyd George Sealy Panel Discussion

Special Guest Speaker: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Featuring: Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark; Ama Dwimoh, Special Counsel to the Brooklyn Borough President; Patricia L. Gatling, Attorney, Windels Marx; Stephen P. Duncanson, President, True Destiny Communications.

Presented by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Office of the President

Moot Court, 6th Floor, New Building


March 1  1:40 PM

#JusticeNerds Speaker Series - Spring 2017

"How Things Fall Apart: Race, Gender and Suspicion in Police-Civilian Encounters"

Guest Speaker: Nikki Jones, Associate Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Presented by the Center for Policing Equity

Room 630, Haaren Hall


March 6  12:30 PM

Research Brown Bag Series Spring 2017

Incarceration Nation

By Peter Enns, Cornell University

Bring your lunch

Public Management Conference Room, 5th Floor, Haaren Hall 

March 6  7:00 PM

Book Talk:

Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 3

By Distinguished Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook

Room L.63, New Building


March 7  6:00 PM

Women in the Public Sector Speaker Series

"Protecting Women's Human Rights Through Advocacy and Movement Building"

Mary Luke, President, Metro New York Chapter of UN Women

Room 630, Haaren Hall


March 8  1:40 PM

#JusticeNerds Speaker Series - Spring 2017

"Mass Incarceration: An Experience Shared by 70 Million Americans"

Guest Speaker: Glenn Martin, JustLeadershipUSA

Presented by the Center for Policing Equity

Room 630, Haaren Hall


March 9  6:00 PM

2017 Abby Stein Memorial Lecture

"Should Forced Marriage Be Criminalised? Perspectives from New York and London"

Speaker: Popy Begum (B.A. '13; Vera Fellow, 2011-12)

Moot Court, 6th Floor, New Building

March 21  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Annual JJC Study Abroad Fair

Contact: Office of International Studies & Programs


Hound Square, New Building