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Former National Institute of Justice Director Learned Professionalism in Criminal Justice at UAlbany

ALBANY, NY (February 17, 2016) — UAlbany alum John Laub, Ph.D. '80, former director of the National Institute of Justice, says that UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice provided him exactly what he needed to build a successful and rewarding career.

From July 2010 to January 2013, Laub served as the director of the National Institute of Justice — the research, development, and evaluation arm in the Office of Justice Programs for the U.S. Department of Justice. He was nominated for the position in October 2009 by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate the following June.

The post followed a distinguished career as a criminal justice researcher and author, with areas of focus including crime over an individual’s life course, crime and public policy, and the history of criminology. Since 2008, he has been a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In 1996, he was named a fellow of the American Society of Criminology, and received its Edwin H. Sutherland Award in 2005. He served as president of the American Society of Criminology in 2002-03. Along with colleague and co-author Robert Sampson, he was awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2011 for research on how and why offenders stop offending. Two books by him and Sampson garnered three international criminal justice awards apiece.

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