School of Criminal Justice

By the Numbers

  • Total enrollment: 268
  • Bachelor's: 142
  • Master's: 42
  • Ph.D's: 70

School of Criminal Justice

National Ranking

No. 2 in the nation, US News and World Report, 2010 Edition, America's Best Graduate Schools

Major Highlights

A trailblazer in the study of crime since its founding, the School of Criminal Justice celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a weekend of special events.

The School's Capital Punishment Research Initiative announced the addition of the records and research of M. Watt Espy on executions in America to UAlbany's National Death Penalty Archive.

Distinguished Professor David Bayley conducted a three-week lecture tour of India, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He spoke about terrorism, police discipline and accountability, and evaluation research on the police.

Scott H. Decker, professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, delivered the 8th Annual Hindelang Lecture titled “Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling.”

Awards and Recognition

Professor David McDowall was named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Professor Alan Lizotte received the 2009 University at Albany Excellence in Research Award and SCJ Graduate Student Association Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Development.

Assistant Professor Bob Apel's paper, “Youth Behavior, School Structure, and Student Risk of Victimization,” received The MacNamara Award for Outstanding Journal Publication from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Barriers to Reentry? The Labor Market for Released Prisoners in Post-industrial America, co-edited by Associate Professor Shawn Bushway, was included on Princeton University's 2007 list of Noteworthy Books in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics.

Ph.D. student Lisa Sacco was selected for the 2009-2010 Terrorism Research Award from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism.

Senior Christopher Bzduch took first place in the 2008 American Society of Criminology Division of International Criminology undergraduate student paper competition for “Comparison of Violent Crime in Poland and France.”


Alan Lizotte, professor, $150,000, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, for research on the causes and correlates of delinquency; as co-principal investigator, $194,200, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Examining Protective Factors for Youth Violence Within a Development Framework;” and $20,000, University of Colorado, Boulder – National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Intergenerational Transmission of Risk for Drug Use (IG2).”

Greg Pogarsky, associate professor, and Gregory Zimmerman, Ph.D.'09, $310,002, National Institute of Justice, “Impulsivity and Neighborhood Context: Investigating the Person-Context Nexus.”

Allison Redlich, assistant professor, $26,504, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, “Past Police Experience of Persons with Mental Illness.”

David Duffee, professor emeritus, $110,624, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, “Service Outcomes Action Research (SOAR): Converting the SOAR RTC Pilot Study into a Permanent Plan for Clinical Records.”

Faculty Appointments

Jamie Fader and Allison Redlich joined the faculty. Fader's research interests include corrections and juvenile justice. Redlich studies interrogation and false confessions as well as wrongful convictions.