Annual Research Awardees

Annual Research Awardees

Every year the Office for the Advancement of Research issues a call for application for our Annual Research Awards and every year a variety of faculty members are selected to receive these awards. To see our most recent call for applications, please visit here.

2016-17 Awardees

2016 Scholarly Excellence Award Winners

Amy Adamczyk, Sociology
Dr. Amy AdamczykDr. Amy Adamczyk is Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Programs of Doctoral Study in Sociology and Criminal Justice at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  In 2005 she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University. She holds MA degrees from the University of Chicago and the Graduate Center/ Queens College, and she completed her BA degree at Hunter College. Her research focuses on how different contexts (e.g. nations, counties, friendship groups), and personal religious beliefs shape people’s deviant, criminal, and health-related attitudes and behaviors. Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review, which is sociology’s highest ranked journal and the flagship for the American Sociological Association. She has also published in Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Quarterly, Sociology of Religion, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.  Her research has been supported with grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Association for the Sociology of Religion. Currently, Professor Adamczyk is completing a book that investigates why people across the world vary so considerable in their attitudes about same-sex behaviors. This mixed-methods study looks at both the general trends in public opinion across nations, as well as the specific historical and social processes that have shaped views within specific countries. 

Benjamin Bierman, Art & Music
Benjamin BiermanBenjamin Bierman is Associate Professor of Music at John Jay College, City University of New York. His primary area of scholarly interest is contemporary American music, including jazz, blues, R&B, pop, and concert music, while currently focusing on scholarship surrounding jazz composition. He is the author of Listening to Jazz, published by Oxford University Press, and has essays in the books The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, Pop-Culture Pedagogy in the Music Classroom, and The Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music, as well as the journals Jazz Perspectives, Journal of Jazz Studies, and American Music Review. In his compositions, Bierman incorporates elements of jazz, blues, Latin music, and the Western art music tradition, and his music can be heard on his recent CD, Beyond Romance (New Focus Recordings). As a trumpet player, he has performed with such diverse artists as B.B. King, Archie Shepp, Johnny Pacheco, Johnny Copeland, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Claudia Calirman, Art & Music
Claudia CalirmanClaudia Calirman is Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in the Department of Art and Music. Her areas of study are Latin American, modern, and contemporary art. She is the author of Brazilian Art under Dictatorship: Antonio Manuel, Artur Barrio, and Cildo Meireles (Duke University Press, 2012), which received the 2013 Arvey Book Award by the Association for Latin American Art. She is a 2013 recipient of the Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation to write her second scholarly book on “women artists from Latin America from the 1970s.”She has published many articles including “Pop and Politics in Brazilian Art” (International Pop exhibition catalogue, Walker Art Center, 2015), “Lygia Pape and Anna Maria Maiolino ‘Epidermic’ and Visceral Works” (Woman’s Art Journal, 2014), among others. Claudia has curated several exhibitions in New York, including Antonio Manuel: I Want to Act, Not Represent! (Americas Society, 2011) and But enough about me—now let’s talk about my work: Artoons by Pablo Helguera (John Jay College, 2011). She is curating the upcoming exhibition Basta! Art and Violence in Latin America at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery at John Jay College (May 2016) and organizing an international symposium on that theme. She is the Director of the Art and Justice Fellowship Program at John Jay College and a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

David Green, Sociology
David GreenDavid A. Green is Associate Professor and Deputy Chair of the Sociology Department, and serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Doctoral Program’s faculty. He received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, after which he was a postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church college at the University of Oxford. The European Society of Criminology awarded him the 2007 Young Criminologist Award for his first article, published in The British Journal of Criminology. His book, When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture, was published by Oxford University Press in its Clarendon Studies in Criminology series and received the 2009 British Society of Criminology Book Prize. He was the recipient of a 2010 Faculty Scholarly Excellence Award and the 2011 Donal E.J. MacNamara Junior Faculty Award. He was offered a fellowship at New York University Law School’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice for 2010-11, during which he began his research on the catalysts and drivers of then-fledgling changes in the American penal climate. This expanding project includes a social-constructionist analysis of the causes, dynamics, and limitations of the range of contemporary bipartisan efforts to reform American criminal-justice policy and to reduce the myriad destructive impacts of mass incarceration. David has co-edited a special issue of his favorite journal, Punishment & Society; he has produced 11 peer-reviewed and mostly solo-authored journal articles, 7 invited book chapters, and 45 scholarly presentations; and he has received major external grants from The MacArthur Foundation and The Department of Homeland Security. He has served as associate editor of the journal Crime, Media, Culture since 2010 and was recently recruited to join the editorial board for the relaunch of The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.

Kevin Nadal, Psychology
Dr. Kevin NadalDr. Kevin Nadal is an Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - City University of New York (CUNY). He is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Critical Social Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the Executive Director of CLAGS: The Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies – the first university-based LGBTQ research center in the United States. He is also the President of the Asian American Psychological Association –the first national organization dedicated to the mental health and well-being of Asian American communities. He is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions, or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people; and other marginalized groups. He has written 6 books and 90 publications focusing on multicultural issues in psychology and education, including Filipino American Psychology (Wiley, 2011) and That’s So Gay! Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (American Psychological Association, 2013). He is a national trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society and is a co-founder of the national LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network. He has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, Buzzfeed, Fox News, and more. In 2011, he received the Early Career Award for Contributions to Excellence by the Asian American Psychological Association, and in 2012, he received the Emerging Professional Award for Research from the American Psychological Association Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race.

Eric Piza; Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration
Dr. Eric L. PizaDr. Eric L. Piza is an Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Law and Police Science. Dr. Piza’s research interests include the spatial analysis of crime patterns, problem-oriented policing, crime control technology, and the integration of academic research and police practice. In exploring these topics, his research has incorporated a diverse set of rigorous research methodologies, including randomized controlled trials, systematic social observation, field surveys, and propensity score matching. During his first 5 semesters at John Jay College, Dr. Piza has published 14 peer-reviewed journal articles. These publications have been in top-tier Criminology and Criminal Justice journals, including Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Justice Quarterly. Over this same time period, Dr. Piza has secured two federal research grants from the National Institute of Justice, totaling over $960,000. These grants have directly funded applied partnerships with the municipal police departments of Arlington, TX; Chicago, IL; Colorado Springs, CO; Glendale, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Newark, NJ; and New York City. Over the last three years, Dr. Piza has been invited to present his research by Carabineros de Chile (The National Police Force of Chile), the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the U.S. White House, and the International Association of Crime Analysts.

2016 Donal J. MacNamara Award Winner

Yuliya Zabyelina, Political Science
Yuliya ZabyelinaYuliya Zabyelina, a native of Ukraine, is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a PhD degree in International Studies from the University of Trento (Italy), where she studied the role of state failure in furthering opportunities for transnational organized crime. Before moving to the United States, she held a postdoctoral position at the University of Edinburgh School of Law and lectured at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. At John Jay, Dr. Zabyelina primarily teaches in the BA and MA programs in International Criminal Justice. Her expertise includes transnational organized crime and corruption, and she is interested in exploring the cross-disciplinary intersection between international relations, criminology, and security studies.

2015-16 Awardees

2015 Scholarly Excellence Award Winners

Dr. Joshua D. FreilichJosh Freilich, Criminal Justice
Joshua D. Freilich continues to mine his longtime project, the Extremist Crime Database (funded through 2017 with $410,000 in DHS grants), to produce articles in first-tier criminology and criminal justice journals, on subjects such as testing the applicability of general theories of criminology in the specific area of terrorism, ideological homicides, and hate crimes.



Dr. Preeti ChauhanPreeti Chauhan, Psychology
Dr. Chauhan recently served as lead author on the well-received 2014 report on Trends in misdemeanor arrest rates in New York (a project on which she continues to serve as PI, with a $272k grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation), while continuing to publish in respected psychological journals on a wide range of subjects, including competency to stand trial, psychopathy, and the long-term consequences of neglect.



Dr. Guoqi ZhangGuoqi Zhang, Sciences
Dr. Guoqi Zhang has published sixteen peer-reviewed journal articles in mainstream international  journals in the past two years at John Jay, on subjects including the development of non-precious metals for use as catalysts in the production of sustainable energy, inorganic and organometallic chemistry relevant to applications in forensic science and criminal scenes; he was also awarded a prestigious New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund and a CUNY Collaborative Incentive Grant from the City University Central Office.


Associate Professor Lorraine MollerLorraine Moller, Communication and Theatre Arts
Associate Professor Lorraine Moller, a practitioner and scholar of prison theatre, has directed several theatrical projects for and by incarcerated women and men for the New York State Department of Corrections and for The Inspire Project in Thailand,  including her most recent production of A Few Good Men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility (the subject of a documentary project by Goldcrest Films to be released this year).


Silvia G. DapíaSilvia Dapia, Modern Languages and Literature
Silvia G. Dapía has recently published in a range of both English and Spanish language cholarly journals about the regional interactions between Latin American and Eastern European, as well as her long-time interest in the works of the well-known Argentinean novelist and short-story writer Jorge Luis Borges.



Evan ManderyEvan Mandery, Criminal Justice
Evan Mandery’s most recent book, A Wild Justice (W.W. Norton, 2013 – one of six, including 3 novels), was a New York Times Editors’ Pick, a Kirkus Best Book of 2013 selection, received an ABA Silver Gavel Honorable Mention and Second Place for the 2014 Scribes Award (given by the American Society of Legal Writers).


2015 Faculty Mid-Career Research Support Awardees

David MunnsDavid Munns, History
David Peter Dell Munns will use his Mid-Career award to work on a project entitled “Civilizing the Atom: Nuclear Engineering, Teaching Reactors, and the Atomic Age,” the story of the discipline of nuclear engineering, which sought to train a civilization to harness, control, and, in their words, “civilize” atomic energy as a creative force for peace.




Professor Patricia TovarPatricia Tovar, Anthropology
Professor Patricia Tovar will use her Mid-Career Award to work on her current research about women explorers and travelers during the Age of Discovery, for which she will conduct fieldwork in Spain, in the Archive of Indies in Seville and in other towns such as Segovia and Valladolid.




Jacoby Carter, Philosophy <no image available>
Jacoby Adeshei Carter will use his Mid-Career grant to support his work on two volumes: a critical edition of a lecture series delivered by Alain LeRoy Locke entitled The Negro’s Contribution to the Cultures of the Americas, and Philosophizing the Americas: An Inter-American Discourse, an anthology that aims to forge a dialogue between the African American, Latin American and Caribbean philosophical traditions.


Maria J. D’AgostinoMaria D'Agostino, Public Management 
Maria J. D’Agostino will use her Mid-Career award to work on a solo authored book that aims to understand the difference women make in New York City Public Administration and a co-edited volume that  examines the role of women in public administration from a global perspective. 




Dr. Eric L. PizaEric Piza
Dr. Eric L. Piza has secured over $1 million in grant and funding support (including three awards from the National Institute of Justice) to fund applied research partnerships with Police Departments throughout the United States, and has used the resulting data to publish articles in top-tier Criminology and Criminal Justice journals, including Crime & Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Policing, and Security Journal.