Jason Silva

Jason Silva is a second-year Doctoral Student in Criminal Justice at the Graduate Center/John Jay College – CUNY.  He currently works at John Jay’s Center on Race, Crime and Justice, in addition to being a research assistant for several faculty members on projects including the Extremist Crime Database, Active Shooter Incident Report and Youth Risk Profile Survey. He also teaches at the undergraduate level in courses specializing in CJ theory, policy and corrections. He graduated with an M.A. in Sociology from the City College of New York, an M.A. in Criminal Justice specializing in Criminology and Deviance from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a B.A. in Media, Society and the Arts from SUNY Purchase.

Jason’s research interests include media and crime, active shooter events and terrorism.

Michael D. Alston

Michael Alston is a graduate student at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminology and Deviance. In 2014, he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Spanish and Criminal Justice, Behavior, and Law at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.
He has done research in Panama and spent a year researching in Puerto Rico. Both projects focused on the themes of culture and racism against Afro-Latinos. His research interest include: the criminalization of immigrants, racial formation in the Americas, the policing of communities of color, institutional racism, social linguistics, and social stratification.
He hopes to earn a PhD in Sociology and become an urban ethnographer. He speaks Spanish fluently and is in the process of learning Portuguese, enabling him to bring more of an international perspective to future research opportunities.



Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman is currently a full time instructor at LaGuardia Community College He specialises in working with serious violent offenders, youthful sex offenders, women in prison, young people returning from prison, people with emotional and mental differences and children with in/excarcerated parents.

Nicole Hanson

Nicole Hanson is currently a Senior Researcher at the Office of the Inspector General.

Shirley Leryo

Shirley P. Leyro is a doctoral student at the Graduate Center in the Criminal Justice Department at John Jay College.  She co-manages the Center's AY2011-12 operations with Dan Stageman, and is the Immigration Policy & Practice Fellow.  She also holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Deviant Behavior.  Ms. Leyro is an adjunct instructor for CUNY in John Jay’s Sociology and Political Science Departments and Hunter College's Sociology Department.  She also teaches in the criminal justice department of a local college in New York City.  Ms. Leyro has previously worked as a mitigation specialist for a non-profit defense advocacy agency, where she prepared pre-pleading memorandums for indigent defendants. Her present research interests include the effects of deportation on the social organization of immigrant communities, immigration and crime, social disorganization and the Latino Paradox.

Michael Pass

Daniel Stageman

Daniel Stageman is a PhD candidate in criminal justice at the CUNY Graduate Center. His academic work examines political economy and profit in the detention of American immigrants, and the economic context surrounding Federal-local immigration enforcement partnerships. Other research interests include correctional education, theories of punishment, prisoner reentry, and program evaluation. Dan has taught and directed theater programs in a variety of settings, including prisons, high schools, alternative to incarceration programs, and most recently as an adjunct in John Jay’s sociology department.

As Director of Research Operations, Dan manages all of the offices programming designed to enhance and support faculty scholarship, including internal funding, awards, events, professional development, promotions and social media communications, data collection and dissemination, among others.


Susruta Sudula

Susruta Sudula is a third-year Doctoral Student in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. She is currently a research associate with the Police Foundation, a research assistant for several faculty members, and a teaching assistant for PhD Quantitative Methods. She graduated with an M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a B.A. in Biological Anthropology and a minor in Criminal Justice from Temple University. Susruta has previously worked as an Investigator for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, and has held internships with the Office of the Attorney General in New Jersey and the Probation Department in Philadelphia, among others. Susruta’s research interests are in corrections and policing.

Kideste Wilder Bonner

Kideste Wilder Bonner is currently a Lecturer in the Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice and African American and African Studies at Old Dominion University.  She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and her M.A. in Applied Sociology from Old Dominion University, and a second M.A. in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.  Her research interests include policing, race/ethnicity and inequality, and criminal justice pedagogy. Her publications include a co-authored book chapter, a co-authored article in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and entries in the Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. Her research has been funded by a CUNY MAGNET fellowship. She was also the first Police Accountability Fellow for the Center on Race, Crime


Visting Scholars

Rod Brunson

Rod Brunson’s research examines youths’ experiences in neighborhood contexts, with a specific focus on the interactions of race, class, and gender, and their relationship to criminal justice practices.  He has authored or coauthored more than 50 articles, book chapters, and essays.  Dr. Brunson’s work appears in the British Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Gender & Society, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Sociological Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review.  He is the 2008 recipient of the New Scholar Award, American Society of Criminology, Division on People of Color and Crime.  He also received the 2010 Tory J. Caeti Outstanding Young Scholar Memorial Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Juvenile Justice Section.

Antoinette "Tony" Irving

Barry Krisberg

Barry Krisberg, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Policy and Lecturer in Residence at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy.  Prior to joining the Warren Institute, Dr. Krisberg was a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice.  Prior to joining BCCJ, Dr. Krisberg was the President of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency from 1983 to 2009. He is known nationally for his research and expertise on juvenile justice issues and is called upon as a resource for professionals, foundations, and the media.

Dr. Krisberg has held several educational posts. He was a faculty member in the School of Criminology at the University of California at Berkeley. He was also an adjunct professor with the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii.