OAR Mission

At the forefront in addressing real-world problems, John Jay scholars and scientists, recognized experts in their fields, publish research across the spectrum of intellectual inquiry. The Office for the Advancement of Research oversees these intellectual initiatives and provides services to enhance the pursuit of academic research in an environment that adheres to the highest standards of scholarship. This includes providing support to the centers and institutes housed at John Jay.

The Centers and Institutes at John Jay College of Criminal Justice influence criminal and social justice policy and practice in New York, our nation, and the world. Drawing on the expertise of the College’s faculty, the Centers engage in research; sponsor conferences and lectures; and partner with community organizations, policy-making bodies, and criminal justice entities.

The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis promotes and disseminates scholarly research relating to the emergence, management and consequences of critical incidents. ACIA sponsors scholarship and research, hosts conferences and symposiums, and maintains research archives of incident records. ACIA also supports the development and dissemination of course curricula and supporting media for the teaching of critical incident analysis.
Director: Victor Herbert

The Center for Crime Prevention and Control fosters innovative crime reduction strategies through hands-on fieldwork, action research, and operational partnerships with law enforcement, communities, social service providers, and other practitioners. The Center is particularly focused on issues affecting our most vulnerable communities: gangs and other violent groups, gun violence and gun trafficking, overt drug markets, and domestic violence. It also aims to strengthen communities and reduce arrest and incarceration.
Director: David Kennedy

The Center for Cybercrime Studies is dedicated to developing and disseminating the expertise needed to understand, detect, and deter computer-related criminal activity. Center activities bring together academic researchers, computer security experts, and law enforcement practitioners to share information and develop new ways to protect users, information systems, and information infrastructures. Of particular concern is the impact of proposed solutions on civil liberties, privacy, information system costs, and infrastructure capability to support innovation.
Director: Douglas Salane

The Center for International Human Rights addresses the main challenges to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights norms. Center activities focus on analyzing and assessing the intersections between human rights violations and international crimes; investigating genocide historically and in the contemporary world; and devising educational programs to increase public awareness of these norms.
Director: George Andreopoulos

The Center on Media, Crime and Justice is the nation’s only practice- and research-oriented think tank devoted to encouraging and developing high-quality reporting on criminal justice, and to promoting better-informed public debate on the complex 21st-century challenges of law enforcement, public security and justice in a globalized urban society. The Center acts as a key link between the media and the criminal justice community both in the U.S. and abroad.
Director: Steve Handelman

The Center on Race, Crime and Justice is a multidisciplinary entity for exploring critical issues at the intersection of race / ethnicity, crime and justice. Through a visiting scholars program, community partnerships and collaborative efforts within the College and across the University, Center participants conduct funded research that addresses many of the problems that plague our understanding of crime and justice in a diverse society.

The Center on Terrorism was established in late 2001 to study terrorism conceptually and academically, and to identify the practical applications of that knowledge in the search for alternative forms of homeland security. The Center supports research and scholarship on a range of topics from individual attitudes and behavior to global terrorist networks. The Center offers a Master’s-level certificate program in the critical study of terrorism.
Director: Charles B. Strozier

The Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies is an applied research center focused on the development of a mix of grounded theory and traditional empirical analysis in the areas of emergency response, coordination of first responders, and the dynamics of large-scale incident management and response.
Director: Charles Jennings

The City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium is a university-based academic center that serves as a comprehensive coordinating mechanism to advance conflict resolution research and innovative program development throughout the City University and the New York City metropolitan area.
Director: Maria Volpe

Research and Evaluation Center is an applied research organization established so that members of the academic community can respond to the needs of criminal justice practitioners. The Center assists communities, agencies, and decision makers by producing accurate and accessible studies on crime prevention strategies, the effectiveness of justice interventions on individual behavior, and efforts to improve the impact and efficiency of justice systems.
Director: Jeffrey Butts

The Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics, the only nonprofit, university-based center of its kind in the United States, was established to foster greater concern for ethical issues among practitioners and scholars in the criminal justice field. Through its diverse programs it serves both as a national clearinghouse for information and as a stimulus to research and publication.
Director: Jon Jacobs

The Prisoner Reentry Institute fosters innovation and improves practice in the field of reentry by advancing knowledge; translating research into effective policy and service delivery; and fostering effective partnerships between criminal justice and non-criminal justice disciplines.
Director: Ann JacobsTEST