People (2014-2015)


Professor James B. Jacobs (C.V.), is Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts at NYU School of Law and a specialist in criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal justice.  Jacobs founded the Center in 1983. His primary research interests are organized crime, labor racketeering, prisons, and criminal records. Jacobs’ most recent books are The Eternal Criminal Record (Harvard University Press 2015) and  Breaking the Devil’s Pact: The Battle to Free the Teamsters from the Mob (NYU Press 2011) (co-author Kerry Cooperman).  In November 2011, Jacobs received the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime. In April 2012, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on The Eternal Criminal Record.

Professor Jerome H. Skolnick (Emeritus).  At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, after fourteen years as the co-director of the Center, Skolnick retired.  Skolnick, a leading American criminal justice scholar and sociologist who has written extensively on policing and victimless crime, will continue his affiliation with the Center as a co-director Emeritus.

Visiting Fellows

Miriam Baer
Miriam Baer is a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she teaches subjects relating to criminal law and criminal procedure, white-collar crime, and corporations. Her scholarship, which explores the question of how best to deter organizational wrongdoing in public and private settings, has twice been selected for the prestigious Stanford-Yale-Harvard Junior Faculty Forum.  Her most recent article, Timing Brady, offers a novel explanation for why prosecutors fail to disclose exculpatory evidence to the defense, and will appear in the Columbia Law Review in January 2015.

Research Fellows

Michelle Miao
Michelle Miao’s comparative research project examines the links between the campaign against the death penalty and its collateral impact on the rise of long-term imprisonment in China and the US. Michelle has recently completed her Howard League post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Criminology, studying the contradiction between European human rights influences and a rising trend of penal populism in the context of British penal politics. She completed her DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford in 2013. Her research interests are the intersections between the domains of criminology, human rights, socio-legal studies and international law.

Alison Mikkor
Alison Mikkor’s research interests center on responses under civil rights law to issues within this country’s prisons and jails.  Current projects, including the recent piece Correcting for Bias and Blind Spots in PLRA Exhaustion Law, 21 Geo. Mason Law Rev. 573 (2014), focus on the ways in which procedural rules can stymie positive improvements to corrections policy and interfere with prisoners’ access to justice.  Alison was formerly an Acting Assistant Professor in New York University School of Law’s Lawyering Program and litigated civil rights cases and complex federal cases for several years with a New York law firm. 

Student Fellows
Julia Gumpper
Deborah Prager
Diwaagar Radhakrishnan Sitaraman

Monica Cortez