Criminologist John Laub of the University of Maryland will be nominated by President Obama to head the National Institute of Justice, the Justice Department’s research agency. If confirmed by the Senate, Laub would be the first academic criminologist in memory to direct NIJ, which has more often been headed by lawyers. Laub, who was on the Northeastern University faculty earlier, is a former president of the American Society of Criminology.
From 2002 to 2008, Laub was a member of the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academies of Science. He has published two award winning books and many research articles in the areas of crime and the life course, juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, criminal victimization, and the history of criminology. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany. The Obama administration had named Ellen Scrivner, most recently of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, to be deputy NIJ director.