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Jeffrey A. Fagan

Professor of Epidemiology

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Director, Center for Crime, Community and Law

JEFFREY FAGAN, JD, is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and a professor of Epidemiology a the Mailman School of Public Health. He also is director of the Center for Crime, Community and Law at Columbia Law School, and a former member of the Steering Committee of the Columbia Center on Youth Violence Prevention at the Mailman School of Public Health. His research and scholarship focuses on crime, law and social policy, and current research examines capital punishment, racial profiling, legal socialization of adolescents, the jurisprudence of adolescent crime, and perceived legitimacy of the criminal law. Professor Fagan served on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Science from 2000-2006, and as the Committee's vice chair for the last two years. From 1996-2006, he was a member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. He is a founding member of the National Consortium on Violence Research, the Working Group on Legitimacy and the Criminal Law of the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Working Group on Incarceration at Russell Sage. From 2002-2005, Professor Fagan received an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and was a Soros Senior Justice Fellow for 2005-6. From 1994-98, he served on the standing peer review panel (IRG) for violence research at the National Institute for Mental Health. He is past editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals on criminology and law. He also has served as executive counselor on the boards of both the American Society of Criminology and the Crime and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association. He received the Bruce Stone Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. His book, Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice (Chicago, 2000) was named Best Book in 2002 on Social Policy and Adolescence, by the Society for Research on Adolescence.   View Faculty CV here (PDF).
Education & Training:

    PhD, 1975, SUNY

    MS, 1971, SUNY

    BA, 1968, New York University


University Affiliations:

  • Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy  Fellow
  • Institute for Child and Family Policy  Fellow

Additional Affiliations:

Honors and Awards:
  • RWJ Health Policy Investigator Award, 2002
  • Soros Senior Justice Fellowship, 2005
  • Fellow, American Society of Criminology, 2001
  • Bruce Stone Award, Association of Criminal Justice Sciences, 1998
  • Selected Editorial Boards

    • Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
    • Journal of Quantitative Criminology
    • Crime and Justice: Review of Research
New York City
    Violence Epidemiology
    As part of the Columbia Center on Youth Violence Prevention, Professor Fagan directs a violence epidemiology program that analyzes patterns and trends in youth violence. Both lethal and non-lethal violence trends are monitored. Both individual and neighborhood characteristics of violence have been analyzed. Changes in neighborhood and individual rates over time are analyzed as a function of changing social, political and economic factors. Special analyses include the spatial epidemiology of violence against women, and the effects of legal interventions on trajectories of violence in New York City neighborhoods. A recent set of analyses has looked at the spread and decline in violence as an infectious disease, applying models of social contagion to explain changing patterns over time.

    Gun Violence and Injury
    Professor Fagan has served as an expert witness in three civil lawsuits in New York City that allege injuries to victims of gun violence that are attributable to the actions of gun manufacturers and distributors that fail to regulate and control the flow of firearms into the hands of unauthorized users.

    Juvenile Justice
    New York has one of the nation's harshest laws for responding to adolescents who commit crimes, treating most serious juvenile offenders as adults. Professor Fagan has been involved in research for over a decade that is an ongoing natural experiment comparing the court responses, sentences, punishments and recidivism of youths in New York compared to youths in other states where the laws permit traditional juvenile justice responses to adolescent crimes.

Selected Publications:
  • Fagan J., West V., The Decline of the Juvenile Dealth Penalty: Scientific Evidence of Evolving Norms Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, forthcoming
  • Tom Tyler and Jeffrey Fagan Legitimacy, Compliance and Cooperation: Procedural Justice and Citizen Ties to the Law Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law 6 231-275 2008
  • Fagan J., Tyler T.R., Legal Socialization of Children and Adolescents Social Justice Research, forthcoming
  • Ethan Cole-Cohen, Steven Durlauf, Jeffrey Fagan, Daniel Nagin Model Uncertainty and the Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment American Law and Economic Review forthcoming 2009
  • Fagan J., West V., Holland J., Neighborhood, Crime, and Incarceration in New York City. Symposium on Race, Crime and Voting: Social, Political and Philosophical Perspectives on Felony Disenfranchisement in America. Columbia Human Rights Law Review, forthcoming
  • Jeffrey Fagan Juvenile Crime and Criminal Justice: Resolving Border Disputes Future of Children 6 81-129 2008
  • Fagan J., Malkin V., Theorizing Community Justice Through Community Courts Fordham Urban Law Journal, 30: 857-953 2003
  • Arthur Goldberger and Richard Rosenfeld Understanding Crime Trends National Academy Press 81-216 2008
  • Fagan J., Zimring F.E. (eds), The Changing Borders of Juvenile Justice: Waiver of Adolescents to the Criminal Court. University of Chicago Press, 2000
  • Franklin Zimring, David Johnson, Jeffrey Fagan Executions, Deterrence and Homicides: A Tale of Two Cities Journal of Empirical Legal Studies forthcoming 2010

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