Colleen Eren

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Office: Raubinger 417
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Department: Sociology
Position: Associate Professor

Area Specialization
White-collar crime, crime and media, critical criminology, qualitative methods, social movements

Colleen Eren received her PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York's Graduate Center. She is the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program Director at William Paterson,and in the Fall she will be teaching the Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice as well as Criminology. 

Dr. Eren's primary areas of research interest are white-collar crime, crime and media, and social movements around criminal justice issues. 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 in contract with Stanford University Press to write a book titled Reform-Nation: the Movement to End Over-Incarceration. She also in contract with Routledge with co-author Dr. Robert Costello (SUNY) to write the book 

Before entering academia, Dr. Eren was director of organizing at New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, a non-profit which successfully kept capital punishment out of New York, and a steering committee member of Amnesty's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty.  


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

Books in contact: 

Reform-Nation: The Movement to End Over-Incarceration. Stanford University Press (expected Publication 2022). 

The Impact of the Supreme Court on American Institutions: A Sociology of Law Primer. Routledge (expected publication 2022). 


Colleen Eren (2020). "Police, firemen, and scapegoats: Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Professionals in an Age of Regulatory Bulimia." Journal of White-Collar and Corporate Crime (in print).  

Colleen Eren, Ilir Disha & Shirley Leyro (2019). "Family and Friends in Uniform: CJ students’ networks, choice of major and career aspirations." Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal. 5 (1). Available:

Colleen Eren, Shirley Leyro, & Ilir Disha (2019). "It's personal: The impact of victimization on motivations and career interests among criminal justice majors at diverse urban colleges." Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

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 and Cynthia-Lee Williams (2020). "Capital Punishment: A New Jersey Perspective," in Costello, ed. Introduction to Criminal Justice in New Jersey. Carolina Academic Press. 

Colleen Eren (2020). "White Collar Incarceration in the American Imagination," in Harmes, ed. Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media. Palgrave Macmillan.

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

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

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.

 Other publications:

Colleen Eren. Feburary 17 2020. Let Bernie Madoff, and many more, Out of Prison. New York Times. Available:

Colleen Eren, January 2019. Review of Corruption in Commercial Enterprise: Law, Theory, and Practice. In Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Rutgers University.

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:

Colleen Eren, July 2017. Rip Currents: Haiku, Haibun and Senryu. Kindle Direct Publishing.

Media and interviews: 

Interview for documentary Madoff: The Fraud of the Century. CPB Films. Aired September 2019.

Interview for UnPhiltered News. Episode: “Crime and Punishment.” WBBG, 1240AM (New York). August 12, 2019. Available:

Interview for The Crime Report, “Madoff may plan to cite ‘good faith’ gestures in clemency plea,” Nancy Bilyeau. July 26 2019.

Bernie Madoff and the Crisis book talk interview for “Viewpoints” on Talk Radio Europe with Richard Tildesley. August 2, 2017.

Interview for The Crime Report. “The Real Lessons of Bernie Madoff’s Crimes.” Nancy Bilyeau. August 28 2017. Available: