Joshua Freilich

Joshua Freilich
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Office Address:

John Jay College Department of Criminal Justice & Program of Doctoral Studies in Criminal Justice

Haaren Hall, Room 636.11, 524 West 59th St, New York, NY 10019


Joshua D. Freilich is a member of the Criminal Justice Department and the Criminal Justice PhD Program at John Jay College. He is the Creator and co-Director of the United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB), an open source relational database of violent and financial crimes committed by political extremists in the U.S.  Professor Freilich’s research has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). His research focuses on the causes of and responses to terrorism, bias crimes, measurement issues, school violence, and criminology theory, especially environmental criminology and crime prevention.


  • University at Albany, State University of New York, Ph.D., 1995-2001
  • University at Albany, State University of New York, M.A., 1995-1996
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1990-1993
  • Brooklyn College, City University of New York, B.A., 1986-1990
  • JJC Scholarly Excellence Award, 2007-2008
  • Department of Homeland Security Summer Faculty and Student Research Team Program, START, a DHS Center of Excellence, University of Maryland, 2005
  • JJC Scholarly Excellence Award, 2002-2003
  • JJC Donal E. J. MacNamara Junior Faculty Research Award, 2002
  • Undergraduate Advisor (competitive funding), University at Albany, 1997-1999
  • Teaching Assistant (competitive funding), University at Albany, 1996- 1997
  • Fellowship (competitive funding), University at Albany, 1995-1996
  • Max M. Lome Memorial Prize in Urban Law, Brooklyn Law School, 1993
  • Richardson Merit Scholarship, Brooklyn Law School, 1990-1991
  • Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society, Brooklyn College, 1990
  • Magna Cum Laude, Brooklyn College, 1990
  • Political Science Departmental Honors, Brooklyn College, 1990
  • Mark Ginsberg Memorial Award in Political Science, Brooklyn College, 1990
  • Deans List, Brooklyn College, 1986-1990
Professional Experience:
  • Executive Officer of the Criminal Justice Ph.D. Department, JJC, Present
  • Present: Professor, Criminal Justice Department, JJC, 2010
  • Acting Executive Officer (Director), Program of Doctoral Studies in Criminal Justice, JJC & GC, CUNY, 2010-2011
  • Member, Terrorism Research and Analysis Project (TRAP); Sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Behavioral Science Unit (BSU), 2009-Present
  • Research Fellow & Affiliated Faculty, Center on Terrorism, JJC, 2008-Present
  • Advisory board member, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professorate (AGEP) Program (GC, CUNY); Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), 2008-Present
  • Member/Lead investigator, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), A Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, University of Maryland, 2006-Present
  • Deputy Executive Officer (Deputy Director), Program of Doctoral Studies in Criminal justice, JJC & GC, CUNY, 2006-2010
  • Associate Professor, Sociology Department, JJC, 2005-2009
  • Faculty member, Program of Doctoral Studies in Criminal Justice, GC, CUNY, 2003-Present
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, JJC, 2000-2004 

Selected Publications

Citizen Militias (Book Chapter)

News References

START Intern Profiles: July (People Spotlight)