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Top ranked School of Criminal Justice produces leading criminologists

UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice virtually invented the discipline when it was founded in 1968 with a star-studded faculty. Today, it still sets the standards in the field with a number of accomplished alumni making names for themselves.

John Laub
  John Laub, M.A. '76, and Ph.D. '80

“UAlbany was what one hoped for in a graduate school --serious, intense and full of intellectual excitement,” says John Laub, M.A. ’76, and Ph.D. ’80. Laub is on the faculty at the University of Maryland and is the immediate past president of the American Society of Criminology. He and fellow graduate student Robert Sampson, M.A. ’79, Ph.D. ’83, have teamed up to produce cutting-edge research about juvenile delinquency. Sampson is Harvard University’s Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences. He too credits UAlbany with exposing him to a “thriving atmosphere where there was an intense emphasis on research.” Sampson and Laub trained with faculty who were trailblazers in the field, a distinctive feature of the School that continues to be reflected in the work of today’s faculty, including distinguished professors Graeme Newman, David Bayly and Hans Toch. “You could say,” says Sampson, “that I caught the research bug at UAlbany.”

Robert Sampson
  Robert Sampson, M.A. '79, Ph.D. '83

“It’s an amazing experience to go to a meeting of the American Society of Criminology and to find our alumni in key positions all over the conference schedule. They’re chairs and deans and in top positions. It’s a superb legacy,” says Graeme Newman, a faculty member for 32 years. John Laub and Robert Sampson would be the first to agree. “My impression,” says Laub, “is that UAlbany is still one of the best places to study criminology and criminal justice in the country, if not in the world. It holds a premier place in the discipline.”

Other notable alumni are:
Col. Deborah Campbell, M.A. ’87: deputy superintendent for employee relations, New York State Police.

Thomas Constantine, M.A. ’71: superintendent of New York State Police, 1987-94; head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 1994-99; oversight commissioner for reform of Northern Ireland police force, 2000-03; resumed teaching at UAlbany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy after retiring from commissioner's post.

Bruce Davis, B.S. ’73, M.A. ’75: chairman of the board and CEO, Digimarc Corp., a leading supplier of digital watermarking and secure personal identification technologies.

James J. Fyfe, M.A. '72, Ph.D. '78: Deputy Commissioner of Training, New York City Police Department.

Kathleen Heide, M.A. ’78, Ph.D. ’82: interim dean of arts and sciences and professor of criminal justice, University of South Florida.

Ed McGarrell, M.A. ’81, Ph.D. ’86: director, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University.

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