PHD: SOCIOLOGY, CUNY GRADUATE CENTER, New York, NY (2002)
MSW, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, NEW YORK, NY (1995)
M.ED., UNIVERSITY OF MASS/AMHERST; Amherst, MA (1989)
Contemporary Sociological Theories
First Year Seminar Challenging United States Misery By Teaching Empathy
Gender Issues In Criminal Justice
Introduction To Sociology
Sexuality And School Violence
When I see students' eyes light up, enthusiastically engage a new issue, or make intellectual connections, I feel thrilled.
I try to help students love ideas and enjoy engaging new perspectives with unexpected or surprising insights.
Among other topics, I write and teach about school shootings and the role of gender, including how recent massacres magnify the daily gay-bashing, sexual harassment, racial harassment, dating violence, and other forms of bullying students experience everyday across the nation.
I often share my own long-term work experience with these issues (also including: gangs, substance abuse, and other related difficulties) in New York City public schools where I served as a conflict resolution coordinator, social worker, teacher, and administrator for eleven years.
Through discussions, student and professor presentations, fiction and non-fiction film, group work, and individual inquiry, I hope students find the study of sociology and criminology fascinating and relevant to their lives. I also hope examining the role of social pressures on contemporary problems inspires empathy, compassion, and a sense of one's own ability to constructively impact the world as well as smaller communities.
School Violence; Gender; Contemporay sociological theories; "Deviance;" School Shootings; Girls, Violence, and Sexuality; Masculinities; Gender, Race, Class, and Crime; alternative education;
School violence and prevention; alternative education; contemporary sociological theories; gender, race, class; friendship; happiness;
2006: Adelphi Faculty Development Grant. $4,500 or America is from Mars,
Europe is From Venus; Examining School Shooting Responses. Adelphi
University, Garden City, NY.
2004: PSC-CUNY, $4,000 for America is From Mars: Why Some Alienated Boys
Commit School Shootings—gender, violence, and homophobia. CUNY/Lehman, Bronx, NY
2003: PSC-CUNY, $4,000 for “The Roots of School Shootings: Exploring Sexual and Gay Harassment in Schools,” CUNY/Lehman, Bronx, NY.
1991-2002: New York City Board of Education BASE Grants, $1,000-$2,000 annual grants for HIV/AIDS/STI Peer Education Team prevention projects at H.S. for the Humanities, Stuyvesant, Humanities Prep, New York, NY, (excluding 1995-1996).
1999: New Visions for Public Schools Center for School Success Best Practices, $1,000 for submitting article and materials regarding creating and managing the
Opportunity program, helping truant/at-risk students, Humanities Preparatory Academy, NYC.
1999: New Visions for Public Schools, $20,000 to Humanities Preparatory Academy for work in creating and managing the Model College Advising program, New York, NY.
2001: New Visions for Public Schools Center for School Success Best Practices (renewed funding) to Humanities Preparatory Academy, College Advising program, NYC.
Jessie Klein (2010). School shooters share a common profile. In L.S. Friedman (Eds.). School Shootings: Writing the Critical Essay. (pp. 41-49). NY, NY: Greenhaven Press.
Jessie Klein and Lynn Chancer (2006). Normalized Masculinity: the Ontology of Violence Rooted in Everyday Life. In B.A. Arrigo and C.R. Williams, (Eds.). Philosophy, Crime, and Criminology (Critical Perspectives in Criminology). (pp. 74-102;). Il: University of Illinois Press.
Jessie Klein (2005). Masculinity and School Shootings. In A. Giddens, M. Duneier, and R. Applebaum (Eds.). Introduction to Sociology. (pp. 294-295). NY, NY: W.W. Norton.
Jessie Klein (2003). Mass Violence in Schools. In S.L.A. Straussner and N.K. Phillips (Eds.). Mass Violence and Social Work Practice. (pp. 71-86). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Jessie Klein and Lynn Chancer; (2000). Masculinity Matters: The Role of Gender in High-Profile School Violence Cases. In S. Spina (Eds.). Smoke and Mirrors: The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society. (pp. 129-162). Oxford, United Kingdom: Rowman and Littlefield.
Jessie Klein; (2006), "Cultural Capital and High School Bullies,". Men & Masculinities;, 9:1;, 53-75;.
Jessie Klein; (2006), “An Invisible Problem: Daily Violence Against Girls in School,”. Theoretical Criminology;, 10:2;, 147-177;.
Jessie Klein, (2006), "Sexuality and School Shootings: What Role Does Teasing Play in School Massacres.". Journal of Homosexuality, 51.
Jessie Klein; (2005), “America is from Mars; Europe is from Venus: How the U.S. Can Learn from Europe’s Social Work Response to School Shootings,”. School Social Work;, 30:1;, 1-24.
Jessie Klein; (2005), “Teaching Her A Lesson: Media Misses Boys’ Rage Relating to Girls in School Shootings,”. Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal;, 10:2;, 147-177;.
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Jessie Klein (2011, December). The Bully Society. CUNY/John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology Doctoral Program, Colloquium Talk.
Jessie Klein (2011, November). Bullying—Information, Education and Interventions. Touro College Graduate School of Social Work.
Jessie Klein (2011, January). Anti-bullying Prevention Strategies for School Clinicians. Sewanhaka Central High School District Staff Development.
Jessie Klein (2010, June). Cyber-bullying Prevention Strategies for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of Nassau County.
Jessie Klein (2010, May). Face-to-Face and Cyber-bullying policy recommendations. State Senators Hannon and Johnson's Roundtable Discussion on Cyber-bullying.
Jessie Klein (2009, April). School status conflicts in a bully economy. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.
Jessie Klein (2009, April). Status conflicts in America:. The New Left Forum, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (2008, October). Masculinity Matters: The Role of Gender in High-profile School Violence Cases. CUNY Graduate Center and Labyrinth Bookstore, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (2008, August). The Bully Society. Demos: A network for action and ideas.
Jessie Klein (2008, May). PBAT Defense: Success Stories of Formerly Truant Students. Commissioner Mills’ BlueRibbon Panel, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (2008, April). Internet Bullying in Schools. The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. Mystic, Connecticut.
Jessie Klein (2008, March). School Shootings magnify everyday violence in schools including dating violence, gay-bashing, and white supremacy. Wagner College, Staten Island, New York.
Jessie Klein (2008, February). Co-organized and presented paper at Anti-impeachment conference for Former President Clinton. Columbia University Law School, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (2007, October). Language of Leadership Conference. Adelphi University, Long Island, NY.
Jessie Klein (1997, April). The Privatization of Higher Education. CUNY Graduate Center Roundtable, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (1996, January). Pornography & the Politics of Sexuality. National Conference for a Union of Democratic Intellectuals, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (1994, March). Feminism: Past, Present, Future. New Attitudes for Feminism, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (1993, April). Sadomasochism, Science, and Power. Eleventh Annual Socialist Scholars Conference, New York, NY.
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Jessie Klein (2012). “American Misery: A Marxist Analysis,”. In Eastern Sociological Society. New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (2011). Visualizing Contemporary Sociological Theories. In Eastern Sociological Society (ESS) (pp. 35). Philadelphia, PA.
Jessie Klein (2008). The Role of Whiteness in School Shootings. In Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA),. New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (2006). Comparing zero tolerance with community action in schools. In The Status of Boys: Crisis or Not? An Institute sponsored by The New York Times Company Foundation, The Carter Center and The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Columbia University, New York.
Jessie Klein (2006). America is from Mars, Europe is from Venus. In Eastern Sociological Association. Boston, MA.
Jessie Klein (2005). America is From Mars; Europe is From Venus—What Can We Do To Respond to School Shooting Here on Earth? In 13th National Conference,” American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA),. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
Jessie Klein (2005). Cultural Capital and High School Bullies: How Masculinity Pressures on Young Boys Create Dangerous Social Inequalities. In 13th National Conference,” American Men’s Studies Association (AMSA). Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
Jessie Klein (2004). Teaching School Violence Prevention Across the Atlantic. In New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA). Syracuse, New York, NY.
Jessie Klein (2004). Making Masculinity Ideology Visible. In Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA),. San Diego, California.
Jessie Klein (2003). The omission of gender in the discourse on violence. In American Educational Research Association (AERA). Chicago, IL..
Other Scholarly/Artistic Work
Jessie Klein, Book Review: 2012: Gun Crusaders, by Scott Melzer,” Gender & Society.
Jessie Klein, Book Review: 2006: Deadly Lessons: by Katherine S. Newman et al., Men and Masculinities, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 535-537.
Honors and Accomplishments
"Gender inequality and Patricentricity: unlocking synergies in the construction of child sexual abuse in the Caribbean." ARTICLES IN POPULAR MEDIA:
Jessie Klein 2011: “Taken to Extremes: Serial killings are the horrifying end of a societal spectrum that punishes women for being ‘too sexual.’ Newsday and newsday.com op-ed. 17 April, A41.
Jessie Klein 2010: “Victim or Bully? Students need to create more choices.” Newsday and newsday.com op-ed. 8, April. A40
Jessie Klein 2008: “Need cash? In hard times…” Newsday and newsday.com, op-ed. October, A44.
Jessie Klein 2007: “If Cho had not been bullied…The Virginia Tech shootings remind us that troubled students need help and support building relationships.” Newsday, op-ed, 27, April, A43.
Jessie Klein 2007: “Bully rage: common school shooting misery.” Huffington Post, featured column, 22 April.
Jessie Klein 2006: “Shootings reflect bully culture: Ambushes in schools will stop when we repair violence that permeates all of society.” Newsday, 6 October, A42
Jessie Klein 2006: “A whole town can be in denial.” Newsday, 16 April, A37.
Jessie Klein. 2003: “Violence against girls in school shootings,” Women’s Studies Review, CUNY/Lehman, 25-27, spring.
Jessie Klein. 2003: “Teen killers feel trapped by masculine stereotypes,” USA Today, 12 November, 13A,
Jessie Klein. 2001: “An Atmosphere Charged with Anger and Fear; Ways of Fighting,” New York Times, 25 September.
2010, October 12: Ourblook. Interview: “Today’s Voices, Tomorrow’s Solutions; at (on cyber-bullying)
2007, October: Nominated and accepted as a school shooting/school violence and gender expert for SheSource.org Closing the Gender Gap in News Media; The White House Project; New York, NY.
07, April, 27: Interviewed as expert, for “Gang Violence in our schools.” On Fox 5’s Public Affairs Program: Good Day Street Talk, New York, NY.
2003, November 14: Interviewed as expert, for writing “Teen Killers Feel Trapped by Masculinity Stereotypes,” Michael Medved Show, Re: USA Today op-ed.,” Nationally syndicated.
2001, January: Interview on “Current Health,” for 20-20, New York, NY.
1999, Feb. 5: Speech quoted in New York Times article, “The Impeachment Trial is Denounced as Farce,” Columbia University. New York, NY (after speaking at a co-organized anti-impeachment conference for former President Clinton)
1999, January: Interviewed as expert, for writing “Re-interpreting Pornography at the Turn of the Century,” Canada’s City TV, Filmed in New York, NY.
QUOTED AS EXPERT with Adelphi University:
2007, (June 19). Served as School Violence expert for: Maia Szalavitz., A Better Response to Rejection; Schools Try to Minimize Bullying and Social Isolation of Students, The Washington Post (District-Maryland), Health section, p. HE01.
2007, (April 22). Served as Gender expert for: Earls, S. & McGuire, M. Flirting with self-discovery. The Times Union (Albany, New York), Lifestyle section.
2007, (March 3). Served as Gender expert for: Jacobson, A. Hiding her neck, but not her funny bone; Nora Ephron's take on aging, sex, relationships and high-maintenance grooming gets Long Island women talking. Newsday, B06.
2006, (July 23). Served as Gender expert for: White, T. Putting limits on pursuit of beauty. Baltimore Sun.
2005, (Dec. 12). Served as Gender expert for: Kowal, J. Princess Obsessed. Newsday, page B10.
2004- present. Serve as annual College Advisor Expert for: Schulz, S. Editor-in-Chief. Annual 50 Best Colleges for CosmoGirls.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
2006, Individual Adjustment Assessment to my salary for Outstanding Performance, $1,700.00.
1983-1987. Franklin Johnson Scholar Annual merit scholarship to 15 outstanding students.
2011, to present: Peer-reviewer: Gender & Society. Massachusetts.
2009 to present: Peer-reviewer: The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Mental Health and Social Justice. by email.
2008: Reviewer for chapters in Leonardo, Z. (Ed.). The Handbook of Cultural Politics and Education. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: SensePublishers
2005-present: Peer-reviewer: Theoretical Criminology, Fordham University,
Sociology, New York, NY.
2004-present: Peer-reviewer: Race Ethnicity and Education, University of London, Institute of Education, London, UK.
Member: American Sociological Association (ASA); Eastern Sociological Association (ESA); National Association of Social Workers (NASW); American Education Research Association (AERA), American Criminal Justice Association.
Community and Corporate Leadership
2012, September: Central Park East Elementary School, Pro bono Consultant to help school become a national model for anti-bullying peace building school community, New York, NY.
2012, August: GH Jewett Elementary School, Pro bono Consultant to help school develop their anti-bullying peace building school community program, Bucksport, ME.
2011, March 28: Family Division of the Probation Department, Pro bono Consultant to expand program for juvenile offenders arrested for bullying type behavior (assault, aggravated harassment, criminal mischief); working to create Adelphi University Internship with Criminal Justice and Social Work Programs in conjunction with Nassau County Probation, Westbury, New York.
2008-2009 AY: College Advising Consultant for Wireless Communications,
Pro bono consultant for company that hopes to help U.S. high school students get into 4-year colleges and increase scholarship opportunities. My last year (2002) as an Acting Assistant Principal of Guidance at the at-risk New York City public high school, Humanities Preparatory Academy, I helped 100% of my seniors get into four-year colleges and 30% get full scholarships to private colleges including Bard College, New School for Social Research and Harvard University. One of my students became a national star; a Lifetime TV film was made of her story: Homeless to Harvard.
Licenses & Certifications
Certified Facilitator: Non-violent Communication, 2010
Four Certifications: Conflict resolution and mediation, 1989-1990
(Brooklyn Mediation Center, Children’s Aid Society, Educator’s for Social Responsibility; Victim Services Agency)