Cynthia-Lee Williams


Office: Raubinger 456
Phone: 973-720-3425
Office Hours:

Department: Sociology
Position: Assistant Professor

Area Specialization
Policing; prisoner reentry

Cynthia-Lee Williams earned her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from CUNY, the Graduate Center/John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She also earned an M.A. in Criminology from St. John’s University and a B.A. in Art History from Ithaca College. 

Research interests include policing in urban communities; reentry; police oversight agencies; the intersection between race, urban crime, and substandard living; and applied statistics.  Dr. Williams has published several articles that cover policing in urban communities and jail violence.  Her dissertation was about mediation selection at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board.  Before coming to William Paterson, Williams held a faculty position at Dominican College. Before her academic career, Dr. Williams worked as an investigator for New York City government agencies including New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board; New York City Comptroller’s Office, Bureau of Labor Law; and New York City Department of Education, Office of Special Investigations.