Speaker List

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Jay Albanese
Jay Albanese @DrJayAlbanese
Wilder School of Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jay Albanese is recipient of the Senior Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime for lifetime contributions to the field. The contributions include research, books, articles, lectures, mentoring, and his work at the National Institute of Justice and United Nations. He is a professor at the Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia commonwealth University.

Talk title: The more things change.. Markets vs. actors vs. groups in assessing organized crime


Cassandra Cross
Cassandra Cross @DrCassCross
Queensland University of Technology

Dr Cassandra Cross is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology. Previously, she worked as a research/policy officer with the Queensland Police Service, where she commenced research on the topic of online fraud. Since taking up her position at QUT in 2012, she has continued her research into online fraud, across the policing, prevention and victim support aspects. With colleagues, she has received three highly competitive Criminology Research Grants, the first in 2013 to conduct the first Australian study into the reporting experiences and support needs of online fraud victims, the second in 2015 to examine the restoration of identity for identity theft victims, and the third in 2016 to examine the policing of cybercrime in Australia. She is co-author of the book Cyber frauds, scams and their victims published by Routledge.

Talk title: The problematic nature of jurisdiction for online fraud victims


Luca Giommoni
Luca Giommoni @GiommoniLuca
Cardiff University

Luca Giommoni is a Lecturer in Criminology at Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences. He received his PhD in 2015 from the Catholic University of Milan (Italy). He was a visiting scholar at University of Maryland, College Park (MD), where he collaborated with Professor Peter Reuter. He has worked on several nationally and internationally funded research projects on organized crime, drug trafficking and the use of social media to research crime-related problems. His research interests are in the areas of illicit markets, drug policy and the use of social media data to research illicit markets.

Talk title: Modelling transnational crime: the influence of market mechanisms and social relationships on drug trafficking


Peter Grabosky
Peter Grabosky (Keynote)
Australian National University

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Keynote talk title: Sympathy for the Devil? Harnessing criminal organizations in furtherance of public policy


Rajeev Gundur
Rajeev Gundur @gr4d
University of Liverpool

Rajeev Gundur is a lecturer in the department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool. His research has focused on issues of organized crime and illicit enterprise, most notably Mexican drug trafficking organizations and street and prison gangs in the United States. He interested how illicit enterprise empowers actors to challenge the control structures of the state. Currently, he is developing a project with colleagues at the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg to look at the role of sanctions and counter sanctions on providing opportunities for illicit entrepreneurs to trade in otherwise legal, non-stigmatized items. He is also interested in cybercrime, citizenship, and migration issues. He holds a Ph.D. from Cardiff University in criminology. He has an MSc in criminology from The University of Oxford and an MA in international relations from the Australian National University where he was a Hedley Bull scholar. He also earned a BA in Latin American studies and Spanish from Tulane University.

Talk title: How settings shape organized criminal strategies


Donald Liddick
Donald Liddick
Penn State-Fayette

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Penn State-Fayette since 2003; University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg 1995-2003. Published six scholarly monographs and over two dozen articles, mostly in the area of transnational organized crime, political corruption, and eco-terrorism.

Talk title: Rhino horn as a conflict commodity


Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras
Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras
John Jay College

Dr. Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras is an Associate Professor at the Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also part of the faculty of the MS program in Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Maras has a DPhil in Law and an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford. In addition, she holds a graduate degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven and undergraduate degrees in Computer and Information Science and Psychology from UMUC. She is the author of: Computer Forensics: Cybercriminals, Laws, and Evidence (now in its second edition); Counterterrorism (2012); CRC Press Terrorism Reader (2013); and Transnational Security (2014), among other publications. Furthermore, Dr. Maras is the creator and co-editor for a monograph and edited volume series titled, “Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity.” She recently completed a book on Cybercriminology for Oxford University Press (2016). Prior to her academic post, she served in the U.S. Navy for approximately seven years gaining significant experience in security and law enforcement from her posts as a Navy Law Enforcement Specialist and Command Investigator.

Talk title: Warning: Ads selling sex with children
Note: Co-presenting with Lauren Shapiro


Lauren McCarthy
Lauren A. McCarthy
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lauren A. McCarthy is Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her PhD in 2011 from University of Wisconsin Madison. Her research focuses on human trafficking and policing in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

Talk title: Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws, from Crime to Courtroom


Aunshul Rege
Aunshul Rege @prof_rege
Temple University

Aunshul Rege is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple. She has a B.Sc.(2002) in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia, and worked for two years as a software engineer. She also holds a B.A. (hons.) (2006) and M.A. (2008) in Criminology from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She completed her M.A. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) in Criminal Justice from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.

She has been researching cybercrimes from a Criminological perspective for over eight years. Her primary area of research is cybercrimes against critical infrastructures (power, water, transportation, etc), and she addresses the organizational dynamics of cybercriminals and their modus operandi, offender decision-making and decision trees, the anatomy of cyber-attacks, the ‘hybridity’ (cyber-physical relationships) of crime, and trend analyses. Other areas of interest include War and Terrorism in the Digital Age; (International) Organized Crime; (International) Corporate Crime; Intersections of Cyber/Organized/Corporate Crimes; and Media and Crime.

Talk title: Not biting the dust: Inside India’s sand mafia


Lauren Shapiro
Lauren Shapiro
John Jay College

Dr. Lauren R. Shapiro is an Associate Professor at the Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr. Shapiro has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Masters in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, and a Masters in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University. In addition, she holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and in Early Childhood Education from University of Buffalo. Dr. Shapiro has published several journal articles and chapters on the role of stereotypes in perception and memory for crime, forensic interviewing, eyewitness testimony and suggestibility, the role of knowledge in memory, effect of collaboration in reporting crime, and criminal identification. She and Dr. Maras have conducted research investigating how juvenile shoplifter stereotypes affect surveillance by private security, radicalization of women in America to support and commit terrorists acts, young adults’ use of social media, and legality of child sex dolls and robots. They also co-authored a book entitled, Multidisciplinary investigation of child maltreatment (2016) and are co- editing, Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management (2019). Prior to her academic post, she did an internship with the Fargo Police Department in North Dakota and an Externship in the US District Court of North Dakota with with Honorable Ralph Erickson. Dr. Shapiro has served as a consultant for the Bronx District Attorney’s office, Lyon County Kansas Sheriff’s Department, Emporia Kansas Police Department, and the Administration for Children’s Services in the Bronx and Manhattan.

Talk title: Warning: Ads selling sex with children
Note: Co-presenting with Marie-Helen (Maria) Maras


Dwight Smith
Dwight Smith
SUNY-Albany

Dwight Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government (with Exceptional Distinction in Course) from Yale University (1951) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University (1952). His civilian career was primarily in State government and public university management. His interest in organized crime and its control started in 1965 when he was designated rapporteur for the 1965-67 Oyster Bay Conferences on Organized Crime. From 1967 to 1994 he researched and wrote about organized crime theory, notably The Mafia Mystique (Basic Books, New York, and Hutchinson & Co., London, 1975). In 2014 he resumed writing and publishing; and was named “Distinguished Scholar” by the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC). He is a Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research at Rockefeller College, SUNY-Albany. He lives in semi-retirement with his wife in Slingerlands, New York.

Talk title: An enterprise approach to global and transnational crime


Rely Vîlcică
Rely Vîlcică
Temple University

Dr. Vîlcică is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. Prior to joining Temple, she served as a Judge at the Court of the Fourth District of Bucharest, Romania. Her interests center on issues of discretionary justice, especially punishment and liberty decisions, policy analysis, and comparative criminal justice. Her research has been published in journals such as Criminal Justice & Behavior, Criminology, European Journal on Criminal Policy & Research, Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, and International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Talk title: Exporting Court Innovation: Compatibility between the American Drug Court Model and European Justice Systems


Alese Wooditch
Alese Wooditch
Temple University

Dr. Alese Wooditch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. She received her PhD in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University in 2016. She is formerly a graduate research assistant in the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, a research associate in the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, and served as an Intelligence Analyst with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations. Alese received her MA in criminal justice from Penn State University in 2009. Her research generally focuses on the geography of crime, risk assessment, and how methods from other disciplines can be used to inform our understanding of crime.

Talk title: The Impact of the Trafficking in Persons Report: A Review of the Evidence