Elizabeth Glazer

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Elizabeth Glazer

Elizabeth Glazer is a Distinguished Visiting Urbanist at NYU Wagner for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Liz Glazer is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. In that role, she serves as the senior criminal justice policy advisor to the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor. Ms. Glazer oversees citywide criminal justice policy and develops and implements strategies across city agencies and partners to enhance public safety, reduce unnecessary incarceration, and increase fairness. Previously, Ms. Glazer served as the Secretary for Public Safety to NYS Governor Cuomo, where she was responsible for the oversight and management of eight state agencies, including Corrections, Parole, State Police and National Guard. Ms. Glazer has also held a variety of leadership positions at the local, state and federal levels, including the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York where she pioneered the use of the racketeering laws to address the violent gang problem.

Ms. Glazer received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.  She clerked for then-US Circuit Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Recent momentum behind criminal justice reform permitted new discussions concerning incarceration policy and punishment in the United States.  This course takes an interdisciplinary approach in examining the role of crime, incarceration policy, and institutions in driving contemporary discussions on criminal justice reform—with race often being a salient component for many of these public policy conversations.  This course will provide students with an opportunity to critically examine topics such as racial differences in crime, policing, incarceration policy, and prisoner reentry.


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