Steven Gorelick

Gorelick, Steve
Office: Hunter North 402-A
Phone: 212.650.3089

Current research topics: the representation of catastrophic violence in media and culture, criminology and active shooter incidents, crisis communication during incidents of catastrophic violence.

Steve Gorelick earned M.A. degrees in media studies and higher education administration from Columbia University and a Ph.D. degree in sociology with specializations in criminology and media studies from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Violence and Gender, where he currently serves as a member of the editorial board, as well as the Journal of Crime and Delinquency and the Media Studies Journal at Columbia University.

The chapter he authored for the Handbook of Critical Incident Analysis (January, 2012),  The Dynamics of Critical Incidents in the Age of New Media: Examining the Role of the Self-Appointed or Media-Anointed Expert, is an extended analysis of how and why certain experts are selected by the mass media during catastrophic incidents.

A member of the graduate committee overseeing the MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts, he has been the primary sponsor for a number of MFA theses including documentary films, installations, and web-based projects. He also serves on the faculty of Hunter College’s program in Human Rights and as a faculty associate of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
An advisor to governments and agencies on crisis communications during and after high profile acts of crime and violence; he serves on the governing council of John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Academy for Critical Incident Analysis (ACIA), an interdisciplinary research center examining the public’s ability to cope with high-profile critical incidents and serves as affiliated faculty of the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies. He has served as a consultant to the research division of NBC News.

In May, 2012, he joined a group of ACIA researchers invited to Norway to examine the social and legal impact of the July, 2011 mass murders on Utoya Island and June, 2012 trial of defendant Anders Breivik. His interest in critical incidents had its origins in early work he did in mid-1980s Boston studying public opinion during an extended period of intense public concern about child sexual abuse.

He now serves on the Advisory Council of the Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia University School of Journalism, a global network of journalists, journalism educators and mental health professionals dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy.

His columns and essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald Tribune.

In March 2005, he was invited to visit Spain as a delegate to The Club of Madrid’s International Summit on Terrorism and Democracy, where he spoke about the challenges faced by democratic institutions during high profile incidents of crime, violence, and human rights violations.

In 2007, he was named a Fulbright Scholar by the German Fulbright Commission and participated in the Berlin German Studies Seminar.