Women’s Advocate and Criminal Justice Professor Roz Muraskin Passes Away
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
Dr. Roslyn (Roz) Muraskin, one of New York’s most accomplished criminal justice scholars and a leading advocate for women’s rights in the workplace, passed away from ovarian cancer on April 21. She was 71. A tenured professor of criminal justice and founding director of the Long Island Women's Institute, Dr. Muraskin was a specialist in women’s leadership development; gender, race and the criminal justice system; and women prisoners in correctional facilities. She was often quoted as an expert on these topics in print and electronic media.
Dr. Muraskin has served on the faculty at LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) since 1980 and as a former associate dean in the LIU Post College of Management. She was editor of the “Women’s Series” for Prentice Hall and of the refereed journal “A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society.” She served as the secretary to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and was the former president of the Northeastern Region of Criminal Justice Sciences and vice-chair of the Women’s Division for the American Society of Criminology. She has authored or co-authored more than 15 scholarly works, including five books: “It’s a Crime: Women and Justice,” “Crime and the Media: Headlines vs. Reality,” “Key Correctional Issues,” “Visions for Change: Crime and Justice in the Twenty-First Century,” and “Morality and the Law.”
A prominent advocate for women’s rights and a breast cancer survivor, Dr. Muraskin founded the Long Island Women’s Institute (LIWI) in 1991 to encourage women to become successful leaders and to break the proverbial “glass ceiling.” Over the course of two decades she hosted workshops, lectures, forums and networking opportunities dedicated to the discussion and debate of women’s issues, including pay equity, health and wellness, training and development and financial investment strategies. She also partnered with the Moxxie Network to provide junior and senior college-age women with the opportunity to be mentored by professional women in business for a full year and learn valuable skills and expand their business and social networks.
Her honors have included the Woman of the Year Award for Excellence from the Minorities Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; the Fellow Award (twice) from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences; and recognition for her work in AIDS education from the Long Island Association for AIDS Care. She served on the board of the “Herstory” women writers’ workshop.
"Roz, as she liked all to call her, dedicated her academic career to educating students on the importance of understanding the need for equality in every aspect of society,” said Dr. Harvey Kushner, chair of the Criminal Justice Department. “Roz was a pillar of strength and never allowed the travails of life to interfere with her work. She will be missed and never forgotten."
Dr. Katherine Hill-Miller, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said, “Throughout her tenure, Roz took a clear and decisive stand to promote the rights of women. She was a champion for women’s empowerment and through her founding of the Long Island Women’s Institute she was dedicated to helping young women excel in leadership roles.” Dr. Muraskin earned a B.A. in political science from Queens College, an M.A. in government from New York University and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
She is survived by husband, Matthew Muraskin, sons Seth and Craig, a daughter, Tracy Birkhahn, and six grandchildren, Lindsay, Nickia, Benjamin, Zachary, Sloane and Sydney. She is also survived by her mother, Alice Cashman and brother Richard Cashman. Born in Sunnyside, Queens, Dr. Muraskin raised her family in Wantagh and moved to Middle Island about 10 years ago. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. at Gutterman’s, 8000 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury. The burial will be at United Hebrew Cemetery in Staten Island.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to ovarian cancer research. A memorial service is being planned for September at LIU Post. Messages of condolence may be sent to:
c/o Criminal Justice Department
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548
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