Policy & Program Evaluation, Law & Society, Crime Prevention
Correctional Policy Reform, Alternatives To Incarceration And Violence Risk Assessment & Mitigation
Gender-Based Violence Especially Violence Against Women & Other Gender/Sexual Minorities, Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking & Crime Prevention
Causes & Prevention of Terrorism
Homeland Security, Forensic Anthropology, Crime Analysis, Environmental Criminology, & Collaborative Governance
Policing (Police force, police discretion), judicial and jury decision making
Women & Crime, Victimization, Crime & Media Representation, & Criminological Theory
Hotspot Policing, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), & Spatial Crime Analysis Using GIS
National security, in particular terrorism, cybercrime (i.e. psychology of hackers and social engineering) and cyberterrorism from a behavioral sciences perspective
Desistance and re-entry, diversion programs, alternatives to incarceration, problem-solving courts, mental health courts, risk assessment tools, pre-trial practices, program evaluation and assessment, Latin American corrections
Organizational crimes, crimes against humanity, international crime, and criminological theory
White Collar Crime, Financial Crime, Bank Secrecy Act, Bearer Negotiable Instruments, Courier Banking/Pouch services
Comparative Criminological Theory with Particular Emphasis on Explaining the Social Psychological Mechanisms Through Which Psychological Factors, Such as Negative Emotions Influence Offending Behavior in a South Korean Context and Examining the Life-Course of Individual Offending and Desistance Patterns using Group-Based Trajectory Analysis
Mental Health Needs among Incarcerated Men & Women
Prison & Re-entry Program Evaluation, Policing (Police Use of Force, Community Policing, Crime Mapping), and Life-Course Criminology
Immigration policy, the criminalization of mental illness and quantitative methods
Police Management; Police Officer Morale, Wellbeing, & Engagement; Community Satisfaction with the Police & Police Legitimacy
Declined Prosecutions for Defendants Charged with Domestic Violence Offenses, Specifically within Immigrant Populations Who Live in Areas of Low SocioEconomic Status
Illegal wildlife trade, wildlife poaching, and related security issues
Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Architecture, Reentry, Race and Justice, Mixed Method Research, Program Evaluation, and Policy
Please Note: New comp format (Theory, Research Methods/Statistics) applies to students taking the comp August 2021 and beyond. The questions above reflect the prior format.
Fellowship & Grant Information
The Criminal Justice Doctoral Students’ Association (CJDSA) was founded in 2011, by and for the students of CUNY’s PhD program in Criminal Justice. The Association is the focal point of a cohesive student community, and represents student interests across all aspects of our roles as researchers, teachers, and professionals. Students in the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program stand at the intersection of many institutions with divergent agendas, from the administrations of John Jay College, the CUNY Graduate Center, and the City University of New York as a whole, to our union (the Professional Staff Congress), the Doctoral Students’ Council, and many others. The CJDSA was founded to manage student relationships with all of these bodies, and to advocate for the interests of individual students and the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program as a whole, in all of the many arenas where decisions are taken that affect aspects of our educational experience.
We hope to serve as a comprehensive source of information for and about our students, and to help make our fellow students’ post-graduate education everything it should be. To learn more about CJDSA or to view upcoming events, visit our website here.
Students are encouraged to join one or more professional associations and to consider attending their annual meetings. These organizations typically offer substantial discounts for student affiliates and one of the benefits of membership is receiving research journals. Some of the associations Criminal Justice scholars are typically affiliated with are The American Society of Criminology (ASC) and The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).