University at Albany

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three faculty members received this tribute in 2013 for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities.

Shawn BushwayShawn Bushway, Criminal Justice

Dr. Shawn Bushway's record of scholarship is extraordinary in quality, quantity, and breadth of influence. His research has three distinct strands: recidivism and reentry; economics and crime; and criminal justice processing.

He has made influential contributions in all three of his core research areas. With an unusual ability to visualize and execute challenging research, he addresses key deficiencies in existing knowledge. He is a leading scholar nationally and internationally, and his work always has important policy implications.

Dr. Bushway's outstanding skill as a quantitative scholar, his thoroughness and sophisticated analysis lead to groundbreaking insights. And he is able to communicate why these insights matter in terms to which policy makers can relate. Seldom does one meet a scholar whose work so thoroughly weaves empirical research with real-world implications.

His work is fundamentally multi-disciplinary: he hosted an NSF-funded Symposium on Crime and Justice that brought together an who's who of sentencing scholars and policymakers. His leadership this front led to his appointment on the New York State Permanent Sentencing Commission.

Dr. Bushway has secured grant funding in excess of $3 million dollars. He is developing a proposal to support a Research Coordinating Network designed to advance the collaborations that started at the Symposium. He has published in many of the best journals in Criminal Justice, including Criminology, the top publication in the discipline and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. He published two edited books, more than a dozen chapters, and nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has delivered more than 70 presentations, and been invited to participate in high level discussions by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the American Bar Association, the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell, among others.

The influence he has had on criminal justice, sociology, public policy, and economics, cannot be overstated.

In addition, his commitment to service and teaching has been deep and time-consuming—and much too extensive to detail here. It is difficult to imagine how he does it all!

Excellence in Research and Creative Activities

Shawn Bushway Cristian Lenart Marina Petrukhina

Cristian Lenart
Marina Petrukhina

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