L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Jay Albanese

Jay Albanese


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


  • Organized crime and corruption
  • Professional ethics
  • Transnational crime


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


Organized crime, Professional ethics and liability, Cybercrime, Ethics & Decision-making in Criminal Justice, Comparative criminal justice, Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Research interests

Transnational crime (organized crime, human trafficking, corruption, cybercrime); ethics (ethics and criminal justice, white-collar crime, public corruption, 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, 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, where he now serves as UN Liaison.

Dr. Albanese is the author and editor of 24 books on organized crime, ethics, corruption, transnational crime, and criminal justice. He has delivered invited presentations in 30 countries. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU's Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award, the Freda Adler Award from the American Society of Criminology Division of International Criminology for significant contributions to criminology internationally, the Gerhard Mueller Award for research contributions from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section, and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime. He also received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) which is Virginia’s highest honor for a faculty member at public or private colleges and universities.

Dr. Albanese 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). He is a fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and co-founder of Criminologists without Borders.


Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking (5th ed.)
Pearson/Prentice Hall (2024).

Racial Equity, COVID and Public Policy: The Triple Pandemic. co-editors E.L. Harper-Anderson, J. Albanese, S. Gooden. Routledge (2023)

My Search for Meaning: A Professor, His Students, and 12 Great Conversations.
McMaster Media Publishing (2020).

Critical Thinking about Criminal Justice: Getting to the Truth of the Matter. (2019).

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).


Podcast: Interviewed on Fraudish Podcast (formerly Great Women in Fraud) hosted by Kelly Paxton (former investigator), on the subject of fraud, white collar crime, and gambling. March, 2023. https://podcast.greatwomeninfraud.com/

Radio and Podcast: Interviewed on the radio program With Good Reason by host Sarah McConnell. The theme was organized crime, Ukraine, and the international situation. The program airs weekly on
114 public radio stations, Soundcloud, and Spotify. June 2022.

Video: International Cooperation on Crimes against the Environment. Contribution to United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Expert Discussions on Crimes that Affect the
Environment. 1st intercessional meeting. Criminologists Without Borders. Video posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSU8JEHXy7o February 2022.

Video: Interviewed for Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice Interview Series (18 mins.) Jay Albanese https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eyAAQvgKfE (2022).

Podcast: interviewed as a guest on The CopDoc Podcast: Aiming for Excellence in Leadership for Policing. Hosted by Dr. Steve Morreale, the podcast discussed ethics, integrity, and accountability in police work
and supervision. February, 2021. https://thecopdoc.podbean.com

Video: Why Experience SHERLOC? (2020). United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime public service announcement for its new informational portal. https://twitter.com/i/status/1248227806389178368

Video: Are We Facing an Ethics Crisis? (2018). United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime development of a global curriculum on Integrity & Ethics under the Education 4 Justice initiative to develop open access content for use by instructors and students around the world. Athens, Greece. https://www.facebook.com/unodc/videos/10155262644027331/

Video: Without Education People Do Not Realize that Small Acts can Result in Larger Harms. (2017). United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Champions of Rule of Law. Vienna, Austria. https://www.facebook.com/unodc/videos/10154677394962331/