Professor Emerita at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an expert on policing, particularly with respect to transit systems, Schulz was the first woman captain in the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Police Department and its predecessor, Conrail. Schulz recently joined MI senior fellow Nicole Gelinas, New York City Transit interim president Sarah Feinberg, and TWU Local 100 president Tony Utano for a virtual event on “Turning Around New York City Transit Crime.” She has been contributing steadily to City Journal in 2021, on topics ranging from transit crime to reforming the Capitol Police. Her latest essay critiques calls from progressive reformers—including some NYC mayoral candidates—to impose residency requirements for local police officers. As an adjunct fellow, Schulz will continue writing for City Journal while also contributing analysis and commentary to PPSI.
Dr. Schulz is active in both the railroad and transit sections of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has worked with the Federal Transit Administration on managing the safety and security of new and existing transit systems.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dorothy Schulz,” said Hannah Meyers, director of MI’s Policing and Public Safety Initiative. “Her uniquely rich understanding of policing and public safety as a scholar of its history, a high-level practitioner, and an accomplished teacher, author, and journalist is a rarity. Her insight into current issues and policies is informed by this wide experience, coupled with a lively, creative voice and outstanding research.”
“I am pleased to join the Manhattan Institute’s Policing and Public Safety Initiative at this crucial time, when the U.S. and many other nations are re-focusing attention on public safety,” Dr. Schulz said. “I look forward to working alongside scholars I have long admired. And I am eager to apply my experiences in law enforcement and academe to policy debates concerning the criminal justice system.”
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