Faculty Profiles

Jessica Klein

Associate Professor
Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences

Blodgett Hall 105d
516.877.4942
klein@adelphi.edu
http://​www.​creatingcompassionatecommunities.​com

General Information

Diplomas/Degrees

Diplomas/Degrees

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)

Licenses and Certifications

Licenses and Certifications

Facilitator Course and 80 hours toward certification: Non-violent Communication (NVC), 2008 to present.

Conflict resolution and mediation, 1989-1990
Conflict Resolution Certification from: Brooklyn Mediation Center (1989); Children’s Aid Society (1989); Victim Services Agency, Project SMART (1989).

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

My goal is to inspire students love ideas. I aim to help students find the study of sociology and criminal justice fascinating and relevant to their lives.

Among other topics, I write and teach about the contemporary "culture of misery"--high rates of social isolation, depression, and anxiety; and low rates of emapthy and trust. I also discuss school shootings and the role of gender, including how these massacres magnify the daily gay-bashing, sexual harassment, racial harassment, dating violence, and other forms of bullying students experience everyday across the nation.

I help students examine and practice empathy-building skills that enage compassion, and a confidence in their abilities to constructively impact themselves, their relationships, and society.

I often share my own long-term work experience with these issues in New York City public schools where I served for eleven years as a conflict resolution coordinator, college advisor, social worker, teacher, and Acting Assistant Princial of Guidance.

I wrote two books on bullying, The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools (NYU Press 2012) and Bullying: A Reference Handbook (ABC-CLIO 2019). I also founded and direct Creating Compassionate Communities, a bullying prevention/intervention K-12/college program that operates in three NYC public schools.

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