James JacobsJames Jacobs, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts and director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice, has received the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC). The IASOC, which is a professional association of criminologists, researchers, working professionals, teachers, and students, annually gives this award to an individual who has a record of sustained and significant accomplishments and contributions to the scholarly knowledge of organized crime.

This award arrives in the wake of Jacobs’ latest book, Breaking the Devil’s Pact: The Battle to Free the Teamsters from the Mob (NYU Press, 2011) (co-authored with Kerry Cooperman). Jacobs, whose research focuses on topics such as fraud, gun control, hate crime, labor racketeering, and political corruption, is also the author of titles such as Mobsters, Unions and Feds: The Mafia & the American Labor Movement (NYU Press, 2006), Can Gun Control Work? (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Gotham Unbound: How NYC Was Liberated from the Grip of Organized Crime (NYU Press, 1999) (coauthored with Coleen Friel and Robert Raddick).

Posted November 16, 2011