Colleen Eren

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Office: Raubinger 417
Phone: 973-720-3434
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Department: Sociology
Position: Associate Professor

Area Specialization
White-collar crime, crime and media, critical criminology, qualitative methods, edgework, elite studies

Colleen Eren received her bachelor's degree from Hofstra University, where she double-majored in Social Science and The Humanities, and her MPhil and PhD in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. In the Fall 2018 semester,she is teaching the Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice and Criminology. Prior to joining William Paterson, Dr. Eren co-directed the Criminal Justice Program at the City University of New York, LaGuardia Community College.

Dr. Eren's research attempts to "look up" the social ladder to broadly focus on the affluent/elite--their risk-taking behaviors, deviance,  the way in which they are framed in media, and their impact on the social and physical landscape. Her book, Bernie Madoff and the Crisis: The Public Trial of Capitalism, examined the way in which the high-profile Ponzi scheme became a vehicle through which the public could discuss the broader economic problems which led to the Financial Crisis of 2008. She has been featured in several documentaries about the Madoff case.

She is currently working on a few different projects. She is principal investigator for a project looking at  criminal justice students experiences of victimization and involvement in the criminal justice system, and how these impact their reasons for entering the major, career choice, and aspirations. She is writing a chapter for a textbook on Criminal Justice in New Jersey on the state's history of capital punishment and its abolition. Last, she is beginning a new book proposal focused on the 'billionaire' class and the way in which they are reshaping physical, social,and psychosocial landscapes. 


Colleen Eren. (2017.)  Bernie Madoff and the Crisis: The Public Trial of Capitalism, Stanford University Press. See


Colleen Eren, (2017.) “Estranged Labor, Habitus and Verstehen in the Rise of Extreme Endurance Sports,” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 41, 5: 384 - 401

Colleen Eren & Vincent Keeton. (2015.) “Differences and Disparities: Substance Abuse on Two-Year College Campuses.” Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39: 1125-1137.

Colleen Eren, (Winter, 2015). “The Right Death Penalty Movement?” New Politics, 15:  95-101. 


Book Chapters

Colleen Eren, (2017). “No Dismantling with the Master’s Tools: The Problem of Privilege(s) in Reentry and Criminal Justice Education,”Chaney and Schwartz, (eds). Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens: Counter stories and Counterspaces.  Lexington Books.

Colleen Eren. (2019,  in press). “The Final Fiction: Madoff Clawbacks Suits and their Implications for Capitalism in the 21st century,” in Silverman, ed. Confronting Capital in the 21stCentury: Lessons from Marx’s Capital . Palgrave McMillan. 

Colleen Eren and Julie DiMauro (2019, in press).“White Collar Crime: A New York Focus,” in Costello, ed. Introduction to Criminal Justice in New York State. Carolina Academic Press. 


Other publications

Colleen Eren, July 2017. “Is he a sociopath? Why the primary question we ask about Bernie Madoff is wrong.” Stanford University Press. Available:

Colleen Eren, October 2017. “Glitches in the Matrix: Books that disrupt paradigms.” Combined Academic Press. Available: