Department of Sociology
Office: Raubinger 445
Office Hours: Mon 5 - 6 p.m.; Tues 9:30 - 11 a.m., and by appointment
Position: Assistant Professor
Sheetal Ranjan received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (GC-CUNY). Her thesis was entitled Intimate Partner Violence: An Examination of Ecological Factors. She also has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JJAY).
Prof. Ranjan’s research focuses on intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual harassment. She is also interested in analysis of crime patterns using ecological theories and GIS (Geographical Information Systems). She has worked on various research projects at JJAY. In the ‘International Crime Data Project’ she worked on the Asiatic region evaluating the validity of United Nations and Interpol Crime data. She was Graduate Fellow for the First & Second Annual Guggenheim Symposium at JJAY and supported research on cities using crime and census data. She has also been part of The New York Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Project at JJAY. She is continually involved with Stalking & Sexual harassment research projects at JJAY. Sheetal is a regular presenter at the American Society of Criminology and World Society of Criminology annual conferences. She has been an invited speaker at New Jersey Legal Services to talk about ‘Cultural Context of Marriages in India’. She is a recipient of a Graduate Center CUNY research grant to examine the relationship between bars and violent crime in New York City.
Prof. Ranjan has taught at JJAY before joining William Paterson University (WPU). Her teaching interests include Research Methods; Statistics; Computer Applications in Criminal Justice; Corrections in Juvenile Justice; Criminology Theory; International Crime & Comparative Criminology and Crime Mapping. She has had considerable success teaching at JJAY. She is especially proud about the statistics course which she developed at JJAY making it possible for most students to gain mastery of statistical concepts. She is an enthusiastic user of technology in pedagogy and believes that students should be equipped with technological skills necessary to enhance performance in any sphere of life. She will consider herself a successful teacher of Research Methods at WPU when she hears that her students do well in the senior seminar.
Raghavan, R. K., Ranjan, S., Reddy, V. (2008) Internet Crimes: Youth and Children: In Schmallager, F. & Pittaro, P. (Eds.), Crimes of the Internet. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Validation of Responses to Tables 1-4: The United Nations 8th Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems 2001-2002 (Section relating to Asia).. Retrieved from The United Nations Office of Drugs & Crime, http://www.unodc.org/pdf/research/8th_survey_validation.pdf.
Ranjan, S., Raghavan, C., O’Connor, M., Reeves, K., Gentile, K., Rajah, V. Stalking in an Urban Commuter College Population. Article under revise and resubmit at peer-reviewed academic journal.
Papers in progress:
Ranjan, S., Daftary, T., Philips, L., O’Connor, M. Immigrant Status and Perceptions of Stalking & Sexual Harassment. Daftary, T., Ranjan, S., Philips, L., O’Connor, M. Prototype methodology: An examination.
Philips, L., Daftary, T., Ranjan, S., O’Connor, M. Relationship between age and perceptions of cyber stalking. Ranjan, S. Bars and Violence in New York City – A GIS Analysis.