Former National Institute of Justice Criminologist to Lecture on Organized Crime

Posted on 4/14/2010 2:10:22 PM

Former National Institute of Justice criminologist Dr. Jay S. Albanese will give a lecture on organized crime from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. April 22, 2010, in Sutton Hall’s Gorell Recital Hall.

The Criminology Department is sponsoring this event.

The lecture, “One Hundred Years of Organized Crime: Old Cons, New Criminals” is free and open to the community.

The lecture will include topics such as organized crime in the U.S., themes of anti-immigrant feelings, gangsters, Mafia and Costa Nostra, global landscape changes within the last twenty years of organized crime, and the future of transnational crime.

Albanese, currently a professor in the Wilder School of Government and Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University, received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. From 2002 to 2006, he served as chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Albanese is an author and editor of numerous articles and twelve books. He has written or edited books including Organized Crime in Our Times, Criminal Justice, Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One Is Looking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: What Do We Know and What Do We Do about It? Combating Piracy: Intellectual Property Theft and Fraud, and Transnational Crime.

Albanese is a recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University and the 2009 Scholar Award from the Virginia Social Science Association. He is also a former executive director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime and a former president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

For more information on the lecture, contact the Department of Criminology at 724-357-2720.