L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Jay S. Albanese

Jay Albanese


Raleigh Building, Room 2016A Phone: (804) 827-0844 Email: jsalbane@vcu.edu


  • Transnational crime
  • Organized crime and corruption
  • Professional ethics


Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
M.A., Criminal Justice, Rutgers University
B.A., Sociology/Natural Science, Niagara University


Great questions of the social sciences, organized crime, professional ethics and liability, comparative criminal justice, criminal justice survey, senior seminar

Research interests

Transnational crime (organized crime, human trafficking, corruption); ethics (ethics and criminal justice, white collar crime, gambling and crime); the future of crime (emerging crimes — intellectual property theft, smuggling of natural resources, new forms of fraud and ethical dilemmas).


Albanese served as chief of the National Institute of Justice's International Center. The NIJ is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice and is responsible for developing and executing transnational crime and justice research and evaluation, as well as coordinating with United Nations efforts in these areas. He is a past president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, former executive director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime and served on the executive board of the American Society of Criminology. Albanese received VCU's Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award, was named an academy fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and was recipient of the G.O.W. Mueller Award for Outstanding Contributions to Comparative and International Criminal Justice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has also served as chair of the international divisions of both the American Society of Criminology and Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He was a visiting professor at the University of Manchester (UK) and is a founding member of Criminologists Without Borders.

Selected books

Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking (4th ed.). Prentice Hall (2016).

Organized Crime: From the Mob to Transnational Organized Crime. Routledge (2015).

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. (5th ed.). (with H. Dammer) Wadsworth (2014).

Transnational Organized Crime: An Overview of Six Continents (ed. with P. Reichel) Sage Publications (2014).

Encyclopedia of Criminology & Criminal Justice. (Editor-in-chief, 5-volumes)  Wiley (2014).

Transnational Crime and the 21st Century: Criminal Enterprise, Corruption, and Opportunity.  Oxford University Press (2011).