Jeremy Travis is president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Prior to his appointment, he served as a senior fellow in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society.
From 1994-2000, Mr. Travis directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to his service in Washington, he was deputy commissioner for Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department (1990-1994), a special advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch (1986-89), and special counsel to the Police Commissioner of the NYPD (1984-86).
Before joining city government, Mr. Travis spent a year as a law clerk to then U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He began his career in criminal justice working as a legal services assistant for the Legal Aid Society, New York’s indigent defense agency. Mr. Travis has taught courses on criminal justice, public policy, history and law at Yale College, the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York Law School and George Washington University.
Mr. Travis has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale College, a master’s in public administration from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and his juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law.