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UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice Welcomes Flagship Journals

School will take over editorship of Criminology, Justice Quarterly

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 24, 2016) -- The University at Albany’s School of Criminal Justice will soon be home to the two most prestigious academic journals in its field, Criminology and Justice Quarterly.

School of Criminal Justice is home to Criminology, Justice Quarterly
The School of Criminal Justice will soon be home to the highly prestigious academic journals, Criminology and Justice Quarterly.

Distinguished Teaching Professor David McDowall will serve as editor of Criminology, which is the official journal of the American Society of Criminology. The journal offices will move to UAlbany’s downtown campus in the fall of 2016. This is the first time a UAlbany faculty member will hold editorship of the publication, regarded as the flagship journal in the field of criminology. The journal will be co-edited by Janet Lauritsen at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Brian Johnson at University of Maryland, and Jody Miller at Rutgers University.

For Justice Quarterly, Associate Professor Megan Kurlychek will serve as editor, with Professor and Associate Dean Greg Pogarsky serving as associate editor. Justice Quarterly is the official journal of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. This is also the first time a UAlbany faculty member will hold the editorship of this publication, which is a prominent and highly regarded journal in the field of criminal justice.  

"To bring both Criminology and Justice Quarterly – the journals of our two main professional organizations and generally considered the top two journals in our field – to UAlbany at the same time is a tremendous recognition of and responsibility for our School," said School of Criminal Justice Dean William Alex Pridemore. "That they both come under our stewardship right now speaks to the exciting time we are experiencing at this point in our School’s history."

UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice has changed the landscape of research and education in the field. For nearly five decades SCJ has boasted nationally-recognized faculty, ground-breaking research, and accomplished alumni, paving the way to academic excellence for which the School has become known. Following its founding in 1968, the School became the first doctoral-granting criminal justice program in the nation. Its curriculum has been emulated by many of the doctoral programs founded since then.

In the most recent round of assessment in 2006, the School garnered the No. 2 ranking by U.S. News and World Report for doctoral programs in criminology.

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