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Schulz, Dorothy Moses 1946-

Schulz, Dorothy Moses 1946-


Born July 18, 1946, in New York, NY; daughter of Henry and Marion Moses; married David Paul Schulz (a writer), 1966. Education: New York University, B.A., 1966, Ph.D., 1992; John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, M.A., 1973. Religion: Jewish.


Office—John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, 899 10th Ave., New York, NY 10019. E-mail—[email protected]


Educator, law enforcement officer, and journalist. Worked as a reporter and copy editor, 1966-72; New York City Human Resources Administration, New York, NY, director of police operations, 1972-78; Metro-North Commuter Railroad Police Department, New York, NY, captain, 1978-88, commanding officer of Grand Central Terminal, 1979-83, and administration-training unit, 1983-88; Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY, director of security, 1988-93; John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, New York, NY, adjunct faculty, 1993, assistant professor, 1993-96, associate professor, 1996-2004, professor of criminal science, 2004—.


International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Women Police, Urban History Association, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Northeast Association of Women Police (president, 1984-95).


Academic Contribution award, Kentucky Women's Law Enforcement Network, 2007; Journalism prize, James Luby Foundation.


From Social Worker to Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing, Praeger (Westport, CT), 1995.

(Coeditor) Crime and the Justice System in America, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1997.

Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Women Police Chiefs and Their Paths to the Top, Praeger (Westport, CT), 2004.

(Editor) Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement, Volume 2: Federal Law Enforcement, Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA), 2005.

Contributor to magazines and journals, including International Journal of Police Science & Management, New York History, Police Studies, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Women and Criminal Justice, Police Chief, and Wisconsin Magazine of History.


Dorothy Moses Schulz writes on the history of policing from an unusual set of experiences: she has worked as a police officer and a journalist for several years, and she is now a professor of law, police science, and criminal justice. Schulz has worked for several different publications, including the Newark Star-Ledger and the New York Herald Tribune. She began her police career in New York City as director of police operations for the municipal Human Resources Administration. She then helped police mass transportation systems as commanding officer at Grand Central Terminal and captain of the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Police Department. Schulz has remained active in policing and transportation groups. On behalf of the Federal Transit Administration, she has reviewed safety and security policies at a number of transit properties around the nation.

Schulz is the author of From Social Worker to Crime-fighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing. Tracing the careers of individual women, she describes how the policewomen's movement meshed with women's social reform efforts and changed police enforcement philosophy. "My primary motivation for writing From Social Worker to Crimefighter was a desire to dispel many of the myths surrounding women police officers," Schulz said. "Because I knew a number of the women who had joined departments after World War II, I was motivated to understand them and those who came before them and to help others do the same." Clarice Feinman, wrote in the Journal of American History, "Schulz's compelling analysis of the history of women in policing makes an important contribution to the scholarship on women in the professions."



Journal of American History, June, 1996, Clarice Feinman, review of From Social Worker to Crime-fighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing, pp. 252-253.

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