John Jay Mourns the loss of Jock Young, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Dear Faculty Colleagues and John Jay Community,

I am very sad to inform you that Jock Young, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2013. He is survived by his wife, our colleague Jayne Mooney, three sons Jesse, Joseph and Fintan, and step daughter Anny. Please keep them in your thoughts.  Jock’s lifetime of significant intellectual contributions to the field of criminology was recognized most recently (2012) by the British Society of Criminology Outstanding Achievement Award.  He first came to international attention in 1973 with his book The New Criminology, and he continued to publish groundbreaking work until his death.  His newly published The Criminological Imagination was the concluding volume of a trilogy that also includes The Exclusive Society (1999) and the Vertigo of Late Modernity (2007).  This trilogy has been translated into eleven languages in fifteen countries, a tribute to his international prominence and the importance of critical criminology, a focus within criminology of which Jock was the undisputed leader.  He was a beloved member of our community, and he will be sorely missed.


Jane P. Bowers
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs