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Faculty Partners

Professor Baz Dreisinger
Academic Director, Prison-to-College Pipeline
Dr. Dreisinger is an associate professor at John Jay College and serves as the academic director for the Prison-to-College Pipeline Professor Dreisinger earned her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, where she specialized in American and African-American studies. Her bookNear Black: White to Black Passing in American Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008) was featured in the New York Times Book Review and on National Public Radio. Professor Dreisinger also moonlights as a journalist and critic, writing about Caribbean culture, race-related issues, music and pop culture for the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesVillage Voice and Wall Street Journal, among other outlets; she regularly writes and produces on-air segments for National Public Radio. Together with Oscar-nominated filmmaker Peter Spirer, Professor Dreisinger produced and wrote the documentaries Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop, which investigates the New York Police Department’s monitoring of the hip-hop industry, and Rhyme & Punishment, about hip-hop and the prison industrial complex. Professor Dreisinger is currently working on a book about mass incarceration in a global context.

Professor Ma’at Lewis
Practicum & Youth Justice Co-Facilitator, PFI Community Fellows

Dr. Lewis is an associate professor with John Jay College’s Department of Counseling and serves as the deputy chair. Formerly, the inaugural full-time director of the Counseling Services Center at John Jay, Dr. Lewis oversaw development of the Center and initiated the process to become the second City University of New York College to receive accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS). Prior to the directorship Dr. Lewis taught counseling courses and was a lead faculty member in creation of the minors in counseling and human services. She is currently conducting research on urban commuter student wellness and has published on the topics of racism-related stress and spiritual/religious issues in counseling.

Professor Michael Maxfield
Faculty Research Coordinator, PFI Research Fellows
Dr. Maxfield is a professor at John Jay College and serves as the faculty research coordinator for the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative Research Fellows. He is the author of numerous articles and books on a variety of topics — victimization, policing, homicide, community corrections, auto theft, and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect.  He is the coauthor (with Earl Babbie) of the textbook, Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, now in its sixth edition, and currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.  Formerly a professor at Rutgers University, Professor Maxfield received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University.

Sung-suk Violet Yu
Faculty Coordinator, PFI Graduate Fellows
Dr. Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice  and the faculty coordinator for the Pinkerton Fellowship Initiative Research Fellows. Dr. Yu earned her doctorate in Criminal Justice at Rutgers University—Newark. She comes to John Jay from the Vera Institute of Justice, where she was Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator of research projects focused on issues of corrections. She earned her master’s degree at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and came to Rutgers University with an Excellence Fellowship. She utilizes ArcGIS, GeoDa, CrimeStat III, MS SQL, SPSS, and Stata in her research, focusing on crime prevention, corrections, and impacts of environments on spatial patterns of crime.

Karin Martin

Dr. Martin is a professor in John Jay’s Department of Public Management. She studied Psychology at Stanford University and worked in a variety of non-profit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area before attending University of California, Berkeley where she earned an MPP, an MA in Political Science, and a PhD in Public Policy. She was a post-doctoral scholar in the Psychology Department at UCLA where she was also a Fellow with the Consortium for Policing Equity. She has been a Fellow at the Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow, and a National Science Foundation-funded Fellow in the Integrated Graduate Education Research and Training (IGERT) Program in Politics, Economics, Psychology, and Public Policy. Dr. Martin was a RAND Summer Associate in 2009.