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Department of Earth Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

Christopher  Herrmann

Christopher Herrmann Location

  • North White Plains, NY

Date of Graduation from Lehman

  • June 2005

Type of degree/major/specialization/certificate: Advanced Graduate Certificate in GIS

Subsequent degrees earned or in progress

  • Phd. Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate Center (2012)
  • M.Phil. Criminal Justice, CUNY Graduate Center (2010)
  • MA. Criminal Justice, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2000)
  • BS. Fire Science, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1997)

Dissertation title

  • “Risky Businesses: A Micro-Level Spatiotemporal Analysis of Crime, Place, and Business Establishments” 

Positions held since graduating:

Adjunct Lecturer, John Jay College (2005 – 2012); NYPD Crime Analyst Supervisor (2005 – 2008); Research Analyst - NYC Office to Combat Domestic Violence (2010 – 2012); Policing Advisor - International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (2011 – 2013); Professor of Criminal Justice - Berkeley College (2010 – 2014); Assistant Professor - CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2014 – Present).

Geography or GISc activities/accomplishments/awards/internships/publications

 I am most proud of my work/research with the NYPD. I am also proud of learning GIS from Geography / GIS experts, not Criminal Justice instructors (who only know a little about geography - smile). This has helped me immeasurably and I can notice the difference between my skillsets and others who have learned GIS from the non-geography crowd. My current research interests are gun violence in and around New York City. I will be looking at this problem using a GIS framework with crime and public health data.

  • Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Violent Crime Hot Spots (in progress)
    Special Journal Issue – Spatiotemporal Patterns of Crime: The Dynamics of Shifting Crime Risk in Urban Areas. Journal of Crime Science, January , 2015.
  • Crime, Transportation and Malignant Mixes
    Marcus Felson, Christopher Herrmann, Ward Adams
    Special Journal Issue – Crime, Place, and Time. Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, April, 2014.
  • The Elusive Relationship between Community Organizations and Crime
    Criminology, 51: 167-216. February, 2013. Slocum, L., Rengifo, A., Choi, T, and Herrmann, C.
  • Exploring Street-Level Spatiotemporal Dimensions of Violent Crime in Bronx, NY (2006 – 2010),
    Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies Series.  Ed. Leitner, M. Springer, 2012
  • Signs of Order and Disorder in the South Bronx
    Manuscript included in the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime – Global Study on Homicide (2011) report.   Rengifo, A.; Slocum, L.; and Herrmann, C. 
  • Mapping Population Distribution in the Urban Environment: The Cadastral-based Expert 
    Dasymetric System (CEDS), 2007 US National Report to the International Cartographic Association, 
    Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2007, pp. 77-102
  • Mapping Auto Theft in the Bronx
    Book Chapter in Space, Time, & Crime (Lersch, Carolina Academic Press, 2007)
  • Crime Pattern Analysis: Exploring Bronx Auto Theft using GIS
    Book Chapter in ‘GIS for the Urban Environment’ (Maantay, ESRI Press, 2007)

Overall Assessment of how Lehman’s EEGS Program prepared you for your current life

  I am very happy with both my time / studies in the EEGS program, as well as the many friends / colleagues I have made along the way. The EEGS program provides opportunities to not only learn GIS in an innovative computing environment, but also to be exposed to ongoing research projects that clearly demonstrate how/why GIS continues to be an increasingly important (and growing) facet of our technological world.  I was always impressed with the interdisciplinary nature of the GIS program, where students from numerous academic levels (undergrad, grad, doctoral) and disciplines / majors, would learn together and help one another.

Comments on the EEGS Dept Program you were enrolled in

I was always impressed with the depth / scope of the Geography faculty at Lehman. The GIS faculty were courteous, professional, and really made you feel comfortable / confident throughout your progress in the program. The computing lab/facilities were excellent, both computing and printing. It was easy to find fellow students (or faculty / GIS tutors) to help with any problems that seemed to occur. The program itself provides you with a broad foundation to build upon, but also gives you opportunities to specialize / customize your GIS skillsets towards the field(s) that you will be working in.

What else have you been up to? 

I am blessed to have a wonderful wife (Maria), who works as an Occupational Therapist at Westchester County Medical Center. We had twins in 2012 (Annabelle and Jacob), so our lives are constantly changing as the twins grow and develop. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hockey, and deep-frying almost anything.