Jessica Klein

Jessica Klein
Adelphi University
Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminology
New York, NY

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Jessie Klein PhD, MSW, M.Ed. is a writer and an Assistant Sociology/Criminal Justice Professor at Adelphi University specializing in school shootings, bullying, friendship, and gender. Her book: The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis…

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Jessie Klein PhD, MSW, M.Ed. is a writer and an Assistant Sociology/Criminal Justice Professor at Adelphi University specializing in school shootings, bullying, friendship, and gender. Her book: The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools will be released March 6, 2012 by New York University Press.

Klein has written widely about school shootings and other forms of school violence as well as on issues related to the increased depression, anxiety, and social isolation in America--and especially among youth. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Newsday, New York Times, Huffington Post, and more. She has also contributed chapters to trade and academic books (including textbooks) and her work appears in peer-reviewed academic journals.

Jessie can comment on all the areas mentioned above especially on school shootings—why they happen and what we can do to prevent them--and how our larger society feeds and encourages the related bully society endemic to our schools. She can also explain the rise in despair indicators as a social and cultural phenomenon of post-modernity.

Since 1997, she taught sociology, social work, and criminology at public and private colleges including Adelphi University,  Barnard, College, and the City University of New York (CUNY)/Lehman College. Klein worked for 11 years in New York City public schools as a conflict resolution and mediation coordinator, social studies teacher, substance abuse counselor, social worker, and Acting Assistant Principal of Guidance at both mainstream and small progressive schools including Stuyvesant High School, Bayard Rustin High School for the Humanities, and Humanities Preparatory Academy.

Klein has been quoted as an expert on school violence in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Newsday, and Cosmogirl among others; she has been featured on television shows including 20-20, and Fox 5’s Public Affairs Program, and interviewed on controversial radio programs such as the Michael Medved Show. She speaks often at colleges and universities, bookstores, national and academic conferences, and think-tanks.

Klein received her doctorate in sociology (specializing in School Violence) from CUNY Graduate Center in 2002, her masters in social work at Yeshiva University in 1995 (specializing in casework and supervision); her masters in education at the University of Massachusetts, (specializing in high school social studies teaching and conflict resolution) in 1989; and a B.A. in sociology and women’s studies at Hampshire College. She was born and raised in New York City where she still lives.

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