Macaulay Overview & Team

Macaulay Honors College students benefit from a unique and challenging liberal arts curriculum that is related to the College's mission of educating for justice and building and sustaining just societies. The curriculum prepares you for the rigors of graduate education and leadership in your profession and community. You'll enjoy coursework that is informed by the faculty's path-breaking research and you'll have opportunities to participate in dialogue and debate on complex justice issues with leading academics, policymakers and practitioners.

At the core of Macaulay Honors College are programs and a learning environment that foster success, including individual academic advisement, small classes, early registration, a dedicated computer lab and lounge space, faculty mentoring and fellowship with other high achieving students at CUNY. You'll thrive in classes with students from over 120 different countries and learn from a multinational faculty that includes many of the world's foremost experts in justice-related areas. John Jay also offers top-quality study abroad programs and opportunities for study abroad scholarships among an array of enrichment opportunities (click here for more). The international learning environment on campus provides the intellectual and social experiences you'll need for exceptional achievement in today's global word.

You'll also also benefit from John Jay's mid-Manhattan location. The inspiration and stimulation the city offers provides you with outstanding community service opportunities, exciting internships and a deeper understanding of the social contract. We have partnerships with government agencies, non-governmental organizations and educational institutions around the world.

In addition to a top-tier education, we help you plot your course from the theoretical world of academia to the practical job of building and sustaining just societies. You may network with faculty, register for courses, or pursue research opportunities on any of the other six Macaulay Honors College campuses.

Our Team

Raymond Patton, PhD, Department of History
Director of Macaulay Honors College

Dr. Raymond Patton is an associate professor of History and faculty director of the Honors Program and Macaulay Honors College. His scholarship explores the relationship between popular culture, aesthetics and politics across the boundaries of the “first,” “second” and “third” worlds of the Cold War era. In Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2018), he examines how transnational punk movements eroded the boundaries and political categories that defined the Cold War Era, replacing them with a new framework based on conservative or progressive identity.

Dr. Patton has taught on a wide range of subjects, including World History, Global Revolutions, the Cold War, Nazi Germany, East European and Soviet History, Research Methods in History and interdisciplinary seminars on Music and Resistance, The Meaning of Life, Consumerism and Technology and Culture. Prior to his current role, Patton served as director of educational partnerships and general education at John Jay and as a faculty member in the History Department at Drury University. Dr. Patton received a PhD in History (2011) and a MA in Russian and East European Studies (2005) from the University of Michigan and a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Georgia (2003). 

Aisha Abdelmula, Macaulay Advisor