Jay Albanese

Professor of Government & Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

Areas of Expertise

  • Organized crime
  • White-collar crime
  • Gambling and crime
  • Criminal justice education
  • Future of criminal justice
  • Transnational crime
  • Professional ethics
  • Human trafficking

Key Findings

  • State and non-state responses to food fraud should look at it as commercial enterprise crime and be preventive and proactive, which will help restore integrity to the food system. MORE
  • International efforts have aimed at not only the perpetrators of organized crime but the circumstances that facilitate the crime in particular markets. MORE
  • International responses are more effective than efforts by single countries due to the size and scope of the criminal market, though there is also a role for individual nations to collect data. MORE
  • The causes of crime and corruption can be grouped into four categories, which rely on different assumptions about the origins of the conduct. MORE


Jay Albanese, Professor of Government & Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, is an expert in organized crime, transnational crime, ethics, white-collar crime, gambling and crime, criminal justice education and the future of crime and justice.

Albanese served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) from 2002-2006 and is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice. He is past president and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and is past president of the White Collar Crime Research Consortium. Albanese is the recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University and served as chair of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology.

He has been published in numerous academic journals and is the author of the books Transnational Crime and the 21st Century (Oxford), Organized Crime: From the Mob to Transnational Organized Crime (Routledge), and Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking (Prentice Hall).

Albanese received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and B.A. in Sociology from Niagara University.

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