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Faculty and Staff

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Department Leadership

Christopher Salvatore, department chair and associate professor, has a PhD in criminal justice from Temple University. His research interests include: Emerging Adulthood, Youth Offending, Program Evaluation, and Perceptions of the Criminal Justice System. He teaches courses including: Gangs in America, Statistics for Social Research, and the Senior Seminar and Internship. He is the author of Sex, Crime, Drugs, and Just Plain Stupid Behaviors: The New Face of Young Adulthood in America published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.


Evelyn Asevero is the program assistant for the Department of Justice Studies.
Nicole Fackina is the director of the Paralegal Studies Program and the academic advisor for all Paralegal Studies students. She teaches Law & Litigation; Negotiation, Mediation & Arbitration; Computer Applications in the Legal Environment; Paralegal Seminar & Internship; and Senior Seminar & Internship.
Brenda Sheehan is the department administrator for Justice Studies.

Full-Time Faculty

Norma Connolly, professor, received a JD from New York Law School. A defense attorney, she teaches courses including Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Perspectives on Justice Studies, Genocide, and Human Trafficking.
Tarika Daftary-Kapur, associate professor, teaches Perspectives on Justice Studies and Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice at the undergraduate level. Her interests lie primarily in adolescent decision making and legal competencies presently focused on plea deal decision making. Her secondary area of research is jury decision making. Dr. Daftary-Kapur is currently working on a multi-year project examining decision making in youth charged as adults in New York State.
Elenice De Souza Oliveira, assistant professor, received a PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. Her research interests include: analyzing crime, policing and prevention strategies in the United States and developing countries. She teaches courses including Criminology and Police and Society. She has published in British Journal of Criminology as well as peer-reviewed publication in Brazil (Teoria e Sociedade, Revista de Administracao, Analise Criminal e o Planejamento Operacional). Most recently, she published an article in Crime Science journal on street drug markets in Brazil.
Cary Federman, associate professor, received a PhD from the University of Virginia, Department of Government & Foreign Affairs. His research interests include: law and jurisprudence, free speech, democratic theory, prisons and prisoners’ rights, psychology and law, ancient and modern political philosophy and the history of the social sciences. Federman teaches courses on Theories of Justice, Serial Killers, and Prisons and Punishment. He is the author of The Assassination of William McKinley: Anarchism, Insanity, and the Birth of the Social Sciences (Lexington Books, 2018) and The Body and the State: Habeas Corpus and American Jurisprudence (SUNY Press, 2006) and is the recipient of two Fulbright scholarships.
Jessica Henry, associate professor, has a JD from New York University School of Law. Her research interests include wrongful convictions, severe sentences (including the death penalty and life without parole), and hate crimes. Her work has appeared in prestigious academic journals including the American Criminal Law Journal, Criminology and Public Policy, and the Criminal Law Bulletin. She teaches a wide-range of courses including Wrongful Convictions, Criminal Law and Procedure, Death Penalty Perspectives, and Hate Crimes. In 2015, Henry received the University Distinguished Teacher award. She is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post and the Wrongful Convictions Blog. In addition, she is a national media commentator on criminal justice issues, contributing to national, state and local news outlets. Before joining the academy, Henry served as a public defender in New York City for nearly a decade.
Reginia Judge, associate professor, has a JD from Seton Hall University. Her research interests include the impacts of technology and popular culture on the justice system. She teaches courses including Cybercrime, Computer Applications in the Legal Environment, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Technology and the Criminal Justice System.
Peter King, instructional specialist, received a JD from New York Law School. His general practice focused on Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property. He teaches Law and Litigation, Legal Research and Writing, Real Property Law, Intellectual Property, Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies, Contracts, as well as the Senior Seminar. Previously, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Advising and as a Director of Graduate Admissions at Manhattanville College, Director of Graduate Marketing and Admissions at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Director of Admissions at The New School, and Director of Graduate Admissions at New York University.
Arnaud Kurze, assistant professor, has a PhD in Political Science from George Mason University. His research interests include transitional justice in the post-Arab Spring world focusing particularly on youth activism, art and collective memory. He teaches courses including: International Justice, Research Methods in Justice Studies, Selected Topics in Justice Studies, and Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies. Kurze was appointed a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, from 2016-2018, studying youth resilience in North Africa and the Middle East. He has published widely in academic journals, contributed to edited volumes and is author of several reports on foreign affairs for government and international organizations. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming book New Critical Spaces in Transitional Justice: Gender, Art & Memory.
Francesca Laguardia, assistant professor, has a JD from the New York University School of Law and a PhD in Law and Society also from New York University. Her research interests include terrorism, the legal system, counterterrorism policies, culture of national security, and civil liberties. She teaches courses including Criminology, Perspectives in Justice Studies, and Rights, Liberties and American Justice. She served as the Director of Research at the Center for Law and Security at New York University.
Venezia Michalsen, associate professor, has a PhD in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Women and Justice, from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Her research interests include: women and justice, and reentry after incarceration. She teaches courses in Statistics, Research Methods, Seminar on Gender and Crime, Human Trafficking, Victimology, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, and Criminology. Michalsen served for nearly six years at New York’s Women’s Prison Association as the Director of Analysis and Client Information Systems.
Daniela Peterka-Benton, associate professor, has a PhD in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology from the University of Vienna, Austria. Her research interests center around transnational crimes such as human trafficking, human smuggling, arms trafficking, and right-wing terrorism and extremism. Dr. Peterka-Benton teaches courses including Intro to International Justice and Research in Justice Studies and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals including International Migration Review, Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, and Journal of Applied Security Research.  
Gabriel Rubin, associate professor, has a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include: Terrorism, Political Theory, Civil War, Middle East and African Politics. He teaches courses including Intro to International Justice, Perspectives in Justice Studies I, International Justice II, Statistics for Social Research, Research in Justice Studies, Theories of Justice, Terrorism and Social, Rights, Liberties and American Justice, and International Civil Conflicts. He is the author of Freedom and Order: How Democratic Governments Restrict Civil Liberties after Terrorist Attacks–and Why Sometimes They Don’t by Lexington Books (2011). Rubin is the faculty coordinator for the International Justice program.
Marshall Schmidt, assistant professor, has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. Marshall’s research interests include criminology, white-collar crime, social psychology, the family, and intersections between these topics. He currently teaches Introduction to Criminology, White-collar Crime, and Environmental Crime.
Lawrence Walsh is an instructional specialist in the Department of Justice Studies. He received an MS from Stevens Institute of Technology and Saint Joseph’s University. His applied interests are crime analysis, performance evaluation, police ethics, police use of force, and strategic planning. He teaches courses in research methods and statistics for justice studies. He is the author of police policy and procedure for use of force, firearms, and training.
Jason Williams, assistant professor, received a PhD in Administration of Justice from Texas Southern University. His research interests include: race, ethnicity and crime, criminological/criminal justice theory, critical criminology, critical policing, social control, criminal justice policy, qualitative methods, and the sociology of knowledge. He teaches courses including Current Issues in Policing, Perspectives on Justice Studies, and Selected Topics in Justice Studies. He has two books forthcoming with Routledge: Policing and Race: A Criminological Conception of #BlackLivesMatter and Black Males and the Criminal Justice System.
Lisa Anne Zilney, associate professor, has a PhD from the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include sex crimes legislation; environmental crime; the human-animal bond; and the link between animal cruelty and domestic violence. She teaches courses including: Perspectives on Justice Studies, Sex Crimes, Wildlife Trafficking, and Women and the Environment.