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Robert G. Costello

Adjunct Professor of Sociology


EDD, 2004, Dowling Coll; MS, 1999, SUNY Univ Cntr Albany; JD, 1997, St Johns Univ Jamaica; MS, 1995, St Johns Univ Jamaica; BA, 1993, Hofstra Univ


Sociology of Law captures my interest in the legal responses to social problems. I am a "court watcher" and eagerly await the first Monday in October when the United States Supreme Court starts their new session.
Recent honors include receiving a Fulbright Senior Specialist award, serving as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, serving as a Research Associate at The Center for Children, Families & the Law at Hofstra University School of Law where I co-authored a report about youth at-risk on Long Island and serving as an Associate Member of University Seminar on Drugs & Society at Columbia University.


SOC 004 Contemporary Society
SOC 007 Crime & Delinquency
SOC 170 Sociology of Law
SOC 180 Statistics in Sociology

Selected Publications

Costello, Robert. 2010. ?Book Review: The Delinquent Girl.? Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice 8(2):160-162.

Costello, Robert. 2010. ?US Supreme Court Watch: An Overview of Graham v. Florida.?? American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Juvenile Justice Newsletter March 2010 (5).

Costello, Robert. 2010 ?Book Review: Cruel & Unusual Punishment: The Culture of Punishment in America.? A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society Fall 2010.

Costello, Robert. 2010. ?Book Review: The Guantanamo Lawyers:? Inside a Prison Outside the Law.?? Criminal Justice Review Fall 2010.

Costello, Robert. 2010. ?Book Review:? Crimes of Power & States of Impunity: The US Response to Terror.? Critical Criminology: An International Journal 18 (3) Fall 2010.

Costello, Robert. 2010. ?Book Review: Sisters Outside: Radical Activists Working For Women Prisoners.?? Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Fall 2010.

Costello, Robert. 2009. ?Research Brief: A Summary of Roundtable Discussions about Youth at-Risk.?? American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Juvenile Justice Newsletter October 2009 (4).

Costello, Robert. 2001. ?Fetal Endangerment: A Challenge for Criminal Law.? California Criminal Law Review 4.

Costello, Robert. 2001. ?Case Spotlight:? The Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. New York.? UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy 5(2): 341-347.

Costello, Robert. 2001. ?Campaign for Fiscal Equity v. New York: A Case for Equal Education.? Long Island Education Review 1(3): 7-11.

Costello, Robert. 2000.? ?NYPD Blues:? The Struggle for Equal Pay.? The Princeton University Law Journal IV (2): 22-38.

Costello, Robert and Frank Biafora. 1999. ??Just the Facts Ma?am?: The Supreme Court Says ?No? to Media Ride-Alongs.? Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 7(1):15-25.

Biafora, Frank and Robert Costello. 1999. ?Censoring the Press: The Supreme Court Rules on Media Ride-Alongs.? Picturing Justice May.

Costello, Robert, Robert Palmieri and Carmine Pesca. 1999. ?The Constitutional and Public Policy Concerns of Fetal Endangerment.? Criminal Justice Journal 7(1): 83-88.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
SOC 170 (BH) THE SOCIOLOGY OF LAW Undergraduate
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