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Professor Jody Miller receives the Faculty-Scholar Teacher Award

Dr. Jody MillerProfessor Jody Miller received the Faculty Scholar Teacher Award recognizing her outstanding mentoring work, as indicated by all of the honors and publications accumulated by her mentees and students.

Congrats Jody!

Professors Jody Miller and Rod Brunson awarded the Leadership in Faculty Diversity Award

Professors Jody Miller and Rod Brunson were co-recipients of the Leadership in Faculty Diversity Award  for their great work in bringing the Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) to Rutgers Newark.

Congratulations Rod and Jody!

Distinguished Faculty Member Dr. Ronald Clarke Wins Prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology

Criminal Justice university professor Ronald V. Clarke

Distinguished faculty member Dr. Ronald Clarke of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) has received what is generally considered to be the top prize in criminology: the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. Clarke shares the award with fellow criminologist Patricia Mayhew, officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for developing the innovative theory of situational crime prevention.

Congratulations Ron!

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Dr. Joel Caplan receives a Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence

Faculty AwardsDr. Joel Caplan received a Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence. This fellowship honors faculty members who have recently been promoted with tenure and whose work shows exceptional promise. The fellowship includes a citation and a $1,000 research account. Dr. Caplan was honored for innovative approaches to understanding spatial patterns of crime, especially his contributions to Risk Terrain Modeling.

Dr. Caplan joined the faculty as Assistant Professor in 2008. He also serves as Deputy Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed and continues to advance Risk Terrain Modeling methods for spatial risk analysis. His research generally focuses on risk assessment, spatial analysis, and computational criminology, which takes the strengths of several disciplines and builds new methods and techniques for the analysis of crime and crime patterns. To learn more about his work please click here.

Congratulations Joel!

Dr. Jody Miller selected as an ASC Fellow 2014

Dr. Jody MillerDr. Jody Miller has been selected as an American Society of Criminology (ASC) Fellow 2014. The title of “Fellow” is given to those members of the Society in good standing who have achieved distinction in criminology. The honorary title “Fellow” recognizes persons who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline, whether in the form of a singular, major piece of scholarship or cumulative scholarly contributions. Longevity alone is not sufficient. In addition, a Fellow must have made a significant contribution to the field through the career development of other criminologists and/or through organizational activities within the ASC.

Dr. Jody Miller has been with Rutgers University since 2010. Her primary research examines how inequalities of gender, race, and class shape young women’s participation in crime and risks for victimization. To learn more about her work click here.

Congratulations Jody!

Janet Garcia selected as an ASC Minority Fellow

Janet-GarciaJanet Garcia was selected as an ASC Minority Fellow (2014-2015). The Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities is designed to encourage students of color, especially from ethnic minority groups underrepresented in the field, to enter the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Janet Garcia is a third year PhD student at RSCJ. Her research interests include Prisoner Reentry, Communities and Crime, as well as Race, Gender, and Inequality

Congratulations Janet!

 

Dr. Braga talks about how ‘Stop and Frisk’ won’t work for Boston

Anthony BragaDr. Anthony Braga and Edward Glaeser talk about ‘Stop and Frisk’ in the Opinion segment of Boston Globe. They discuss that even though New York and Boston may use variant versions of neighborhood policing to control crime rates, the New York model of ‘Stop and Frisk’ isn’t suited for Boston.

Dr. Anthony Braga is the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice and a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. His  research involves collaborating with criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to address illegal access to firearms, reduce gang and group-involved violence, and control crime hot spots.

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Dr. Shadd Maruna named Dean of RSCJ

Shadd MarunaDr. Shadd Maruna, currently director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a professor in the Law School there, has been appointed dean effective Sept. 1, 2014. Maruna is an internationally known criminologist whose first book,Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives (2001), is considered a definitive statement and enduring contribution to the field; it was awarded the “book of the year” prize from the American Society of Criminology in 2001.

During the course of his career, Maruna has received many awards and honors, including being named an H.F. Guggenheim Fellow, a Soros Justice Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. He received the Michael J. Hindelang Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Criminology in 2001, the Howard League Research Medal, and, most recently, the Hans W. Mattick Award for Distinguished Contribution to Criminology.

Maruna serves as editor of the American Psychological Association’s book series, Psychology, Crime and Justice, and has held offices in professional organizations such as the British Society for Criminology, the Correctional Services Advisory and Accreditation Panel for the United Kingdom(UK), the Scottish Advisory Panel for Offender Rehabilitation, and Oxford University’s Centre for Criminology.

Dr. Joel Caplan on Brianlehrer.tv

Dr. Joel Caplan

Dr. Joel Caplan and Dr. Matthew Gerber appeared on Brianlehrer.tv to discuss how the police are using data, twitter and mapping methods to predict crime. Dr. Caplan specifically talked about Risk Terrain Modeling and how it helps police to focus on areas that are attracting illegal behavior.

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Dr. Joel Caplan and Dr. Joel Miller receive tenure

The Board of Governors approved promotion with tenure for Joel Caplan and Joel Miller.

Dr. Caplan joined the RSCJ in 2008. He also serves as Associate Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security, where he co-developed and continues to advance Risk Terrain Modeling methods for spatial risk analysis. His research generally focuses on risk assessment, spatial analysis, and computational criminology, which takes the strengths of several disciplines and builds new methods and techniques for the analysis of crime and crime patterns.

Dr. Miller has spent much of his career carrying out research in applied criminal justice settings, including six years working in the British Home Office and five years at the Vera Institute of Justice. He has led studies on a range of criminal justice topics, including police accountability, racial profiling, police corruption, juvenile delinquency, recidivism, alternatives to incarceration, and crime reduction and prevention.

Congratulations Dr. Caplan and Dr. Miller!

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The Ronald L. Rice Lecture Series on Criminal Justice and Civic Engagement

Ronald RiceRutgers School of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce a speak series entitled, The Ronald L. Rice Lecture Series on Criminal Justice and Civic Engagement. Senator Ronald Rice is one of our most prominent alumni and a tireless advocate for Newark and the State of New Jersey. His commitment to public service is inspirational. He has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 1986, where he represents the 28th Legislative District. This speaker series is a small way of recognizing his efforts through conversations that challenge academic, political and social communities who aspire a vision of a truly just society. The lecture series will commence in Fall 2014.

Kristen M. Zgoba receives the Fulbright Research Scholar Award to the United Kingdom (2014-2015)

zgobaDr. Kristen Zgoba, recently received one of two available 2014-2015 Fulbright Research Scholar Awards to the United Kingdom. Her research seeks to examine both the actual and perceived effectiveness of sex offender laws in the United Kingdom. Dr. Zgoba will travel to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the spring 2015 semester to collect data as a Fulbright Scholar. She will be a visiting scholar at the University of the West of England in Bristol, England.

In May 2004, Dr. Zgoba received her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice. She is currently employed by the New Jersey Department of Corrections, in the position of Supervisor of Research and Evaluation, and is also Co-Chairperson for the Department’s Research and Review Board. She is the recipient of numerous grants and research awards.

Congratulations Kristen!

Provost Todd Clear Receives High Honors

Dr. Todd ClearDr. Todd Clear, Provost of Rutgers Univesity-Newark receiveed the 2014 Founder’s Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). This award is presented to ACJS members who have provided outstanding service to ACJS and criminal justice education. Established in 1963, ACJS is an international association that “promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.”

Currently serving as the Provost of Rutgers University-Newark, Dr. Clear was the Dean of the School of Criminal Justice from March 2010 to January 2014. He has authored 13 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is The Punishment Imperative, by NYU PressClear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. He is currently involved in studies of the criminological implications of “place,” and the economics of justice reinvestment.

Amarat Zaatut selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University

Amarat ZaatutGlobally, many micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) violate women rights in various ways and are left undeterred as there are no laws to address these issues because of the prohibitively high enforcement cost. A group of Fulbright scholars and Rutgers PhD students, Grace Dewi, Amarat Zaatut, and Lutisha Vickerieare are committed to addressing this institutional void by creating an organization that would advocate for a market-based policy to fight various forms of abuse against girls and women. The market-based policy is operationalized by providing labels to products by small, medium, and micro enterprises that do not support marginalization and violence against women. The team aims to address this issue through two mutually reinforcing activities; advocacy and labeling.

We wish the team good luck!

Dr. Jody Miller selected as the inaugural Visiting Professor in Residence at UC Irvine

Dr. Jody MillerDr. Jody Miller has been selected as the Visiting Professor in Residence in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine for 2014-15. She will be in residence during the winter and spring quarters of 2015, where she will be working with Dr. Cheryl Maxson and Ph.D. students to begin building a quantitative database drawn from content coded gang ethnographies.

Dr. Jody Miller has been with Rutgers University since 2010. Her primary research examines how inequalities of gender, race, and class shape young women’s participation in crime and risks for victimization. Congratulations Jody!