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Professor Shawn Bushway Named ASC Fellow


ALBANY, N.Y. (May 3, 2017) – Professor Shawn Bushway of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).

This honor recognizes those 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. Additionally, this status acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution to the field through the career development of other criminologists and/or through organizational activities within the ASC.

Dr. Bushway earned his PhD in Public Policy Analysis and Political Economy at the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. Bushway, who was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2014, has served on the Executive Board of ASC as an Executive Counselor, and is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. He was also recognized as a Distinguished Scholar by the ASC’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing in 2014.

A leading scholar in the field of criminal justice policy, Dr. Bushway has done research in three distinct areas: the relationship between work and crime, the effect of discretion in criminal justice processing, and the study of desistance/dynamic change. Occasionally, the areas intersect, such as his collection of studies on recidivism rates. This work was driven by legal questions surrounding the appropriate role of criminal history records, particularly old criminal history records, in employment decisions. On the basis of this body of research, Bushway has testified in front of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, worked with advocacy groups for individuals with criminal history records, and consulted with employers seeking to modify their background check processes. In addition, he has engaged regularly with New York State policymakers as a member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing Reform.

Bushway will be honored in Philadelphia during the 2017 ASC Annual Meeting Awards Plenary on Wednesday, November 15.