June 2023 | Commencement Issue




Eric Holder, Jr., the first African American U.S. Attorney General, will be recognized with an honorary degree at Commencement ’23. Read More




Mariska Hargitay, an actress, activist, and advocate, will receive an honorary degree at Commencement ’23 on June 2. Read More





“I want to change society through mathematics, computer science, and cryptography.”  Read More





“My long-term goal is to one day become a judge on the federal level.” Read More





“I want to spend some time practicing law—helping underrepresented people and defending voices that often go unheard.” Read More




Sara Elshaer ’23 is the Class of 2023 Valedictorian.


Marcus Young ’23 is the Class of 2023 Salutatorian.


Tasfiya Kashem ’23 received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the American Bar Foundation.


Doctoral candidates Sarah Chu and Lidia Vásquez were part of panel discussions at the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) 2023 National Research Conference.




The Law & Society Association named Assistant Professor Ke Li, Ph.D., the winner of the Herbert Jacob Book Prize for her book Marriage Unbound: State Law, Power, and Inequality in Contemporary China. Li’s book also won the Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. 


Distinguished Professor Kevin Nadal, Ph.D., was award the Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service.


Professor Tarun Banerjee, Ph.D., was named winner of the 2023 Feliks Gross Award for outstanding research.





Maria (Maki) Haberfeld, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, wrote an op-ed for Newsweek on how anti-police sentiment is hurting police morale, retention, and recruitment.  


Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew Sidman, Ph.D., and Adjunct Lecturer and former Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins spoke to The New York Times about the New Jersey attorney general’s takeover of the Paterson, New Jersey police department.


Associate Professor of Economics J.W. Mason, Ph.D., discussed fossil fuel’s effect on the economy with Forbes.


Michael Rempel, Director of the Data Collaborative for Justice at John Jay College, co-wrote an op-ed for the New York Daily News calling for the elimination of mandatory minimum prison sentences for felonies.




James Malone, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, passed away in May. Malone became a member of the John Jay community in 1970 and retired from CUNY after 41 years of service. During his time at John Jay, he created the student government charter and was the first vice president of Administrative Affairs.


Harold Sullivan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, has passed on. Sullivan took on many roles during his time at John Jay including Chair of the Political Science department and Chair of the Council of Chairs.





Program Management Specialist — Department of Homeland Security

Maintain oversight of state, local, tribal, territorial and campus (SLTTC) initiatives, equities, and resources in DHS. Learn more and apply.


Special Agent — FBI

The FBI is currently seeking police officers, military veterans, and pilots to work as special agents. Learn more and apply.


Detective Supervisor — New York State Attorney General

The Detective Supervisor will be responsible for the supervision of investigatory personnel who conduct criminal investigations. Learn more and apply.


Paralegal —Robert C. Gottlieb & Associates, PLLC

Assist attorneys and conduct legal research at this criminal and civil litigation law firm. Learn more and apply.




Monday, June 5

Summer Session Begins

Catch up on credits and accelerate your studies. Learn more and enroll.


Monday, June 12

1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. | Zoom

Career Chat: Private Sector Investigation

Hear from Artem Kovalev ’19, ’21, an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator at J.P. Morgan Chase. Register here.


Tuesday, June 13

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Zoom

Workshop: LinkedIn Live

Join this interactive session and build yourself a LinkedIn profile that stands out to employersRegister here.


Wednesday, June 14

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Zoom

Career Fit(ness)

Our Career Fit(ness) series, a virtual at-home workout, begins! Register here.












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