Columbia’s Terrorist Faculty Even Bigger Than Previously Thought


Welcome to Columbia University where the torch of learning and dynamite is always lit. Columbia is more than just Bir Zeit on the Hudson. It’s also the place that hires and welcomes more left-wing terror profs than any other.

The ex-cons work for or with the Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI), co-founded in 2009 by former Weather Underground operative and Columbia adjunct professor Kathy Boudin, who pleaded guilty to felony murder for her role in an infamous 1981 armed robbery that left two police officers and a security guard dead.

Wilkins, co-director of the CJI, is listed in the Columbia School of Social Work adjunct faculty directory as a “research scientist” and “Associate Director for the Criminal Justice Initiative. She was convicted for her role in a 1996 gunpoint hijacking of a Federal Express truck in Harlem, in which she served as the getaway driver. Wilkins served a 12-year sentence for robbery and assault at Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan.

Denise Blackwell, a “research assistant” under the Social Intervention Group, the parent/umbrella group of the Criminal Justice Initiative, was paroled in 2003 after serving 10 years in prison on an attempted second-degree murder conviction for her role in a Brooklyn holdup in which three drug dealers were killed.

Mika’il DeVeaux was one of the keynote speakers for the CJI’s “Removing the Bars” Conference in 2012. But his bio in the conference program failed to mention the 24-year stint he served in Westchester County for second-degree murder and his subsequent parole in 2003, or that he’s co-director of a non-profit with Boudin called Citizens Against Recidivism.

We know those names already, but it doesn’t end there.

Jamal Joseph was a member of the Panther 21, a group of Black Panthers who were arrested for conspiring to blow up railroad lines, department stores and the Botanical Gardens.

These days Jamal is a Columbia professor. Here’s how he described his reason for joining the Panthers.

“Look at those dudes, I thought. They’re crazy. They got black leather coats and berets, carrying guns, scaring white people, reading communist books. They’re crazy. I immediately wanted to join. Now all I had to do was find out where the Black Panthers were in New York.”

And that he did. But left-wing terrorists attract other terrorists.

The program’s ties to the Weather Underground are deep. In addition to Boudin’s involvement and the visit from Ayers and Dohrn, other former high-level members of the Weather Underground were invited to speak at CJI events. They included Russell Neufeld, who went on to become an anti-death penalty attorney, and Laura Whitehorn, who spoke at an October 2011 called the “Troy Davis Teach-in.”


  • DogmaelJones1

    Well, there’s ‘gangster government,” and so I guess we should have expected “gangster education.”

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  • alericKong

    In highschool I knew people who dressed liked the actors they saw in Menance II Society or the rap videos on MTV, by the way who were ballet dancers in real life. ( I learned right away people will do anything to mask their insecurity and use as little thought as possible to accomplish it.

    We see the same from the behavior of the trust fund heirs and board of donors at Columbia. They delusionally mimic people they think are dangerous, like a kid dressing up as a cowboy in the 1950s.

    How pathetic. Modern day tuition is so much like the housing bubble from five years ago. Overleveraged with superficial quality in everything but their objectives, like education and research, which iteself is rotten to the core.

  • CU_Alum

    The CJI project is about providing social services to the families of inmates and to former inmates who have been released from prison. Those are worthy goals. They will reduce recidivism and improve public safety.

    The CJI faculty listed in this article are adjuncts at Columbia. They have full-time jobs at social services organizations that serve the needs of former inmates. Most of their work at Columbia entails supervising the fieldwork of social work students at those organizations.

    Yes, Kathy Boudin committed a serious crime. She served her sentence and actually reformed while behind bars. There’s no reason she should be excluded from a job if she’s qualified to do it. Boudin earned a master’s degree while in custody and a Ph.D. after her release. She is a highly respected expert in her field, and may be the most qualified person on the planet to hold the position Columbia hired her for. Unless you believe felons who have paid their debt to society should never be given a second chance, there is no reason to fault Columbia for hiring her.

    I don’t know about the other three CJI faculty listed above, but there is surely more to their stories than this article lets on.

    If Jamal Joseph’s reasons for joining the Black Panthers sound childish, it’s because he was a child at the time. He was just 14 when he joined. Like Boudin, he reformed his ways while in prison. He completed his undergraduate and masters degrees behind bars, where he also wrote two volumes of poetry and five plays, and learned the art of filmmaking. He has had a distinguished career since his release, and was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 (best original song for, “Raise it Up”, from the film “August Rush”). Many graduates of Columbia’s film program hail him as the most inspiring teacher they have ever had. And he spends much of his spare time volunteering for a an organization he founded that steers inner-city youths away from crime. See