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Associate Faculty Researchers

LAVERNE MCQUILLER WILLIAMS, PH.D.

After graduating from RIT and law school, worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Rensselaer County, NY before joining the faculty in 1996. Teaches courses in evidence, women in crime, minorities in criminal justice, criminal law, and honors research. Also serves as the pre-law advisor. Research interests include intimate partner violence and therapeutic justice.

JUDY PORTER, PH.D.

Dr. Porter received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, her Masters in Sociology from New Mexico State University, and her Bachelors in Sociology with an English Minor and a Criminal Justice emphasis from the University of Northern Colorado. Her research has included public housing concerns, elderly, and correctional programs.

JASON SCOTT, PH.D.

Dr. Scott received his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. His current research interests include community policing, social capital, and the role of criminal justice agencies and other civic institutions in community capacity building. His most recent published articles have appeared in Police Quarterly and the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. Dr. Scott currently teaches classes in law enforcement, crime and violence, criminal justice policy, and introduction to criminal justice.

JOHN MCCLUSKEY, PH.D.

Professor McCluskey’s teaching and research focuses on the areas of policing, violence, and evaluation research. His most recent research efforts have focused on robbery in several jurisdictions as well as the effect of procedural justice on police-citizen encounters. Currently he is involved in an ongoing evaluation of violence reduction efforts in Detroit, MI. The application of criminal justice and criminology to everyday problems confronting criminal justice agencies and actors is at the core of his research agenda.

TONY SMITH, PH.D.

Professor Smith is currently interested in cross-national tests of criminological theories and situational crime prevention. His scholarship has appeared in several peer-reviewed scientific journals including Criminal Justice & Behavior, Deviant Behavior, European Journal of Psychiatry, and the International Journal of Comparative & Applied Criminal Justice. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations (HEUNI), the Institute for Forensic Studies at the University of Malta, and numerous law enforcement agencies. Dr. Smith teaches a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.

IRSHAD ALTHEIMER, PH.D.

Irshad Altheimer received his Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Dr. Altheimer has published research articles in a variety of criminology and criminal justice journals. His research interests include macro-level criminology, criminological theory, corrections, and criminal justice policy. He teaches a broad range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

O. NICK ROBERTSON

Professor Robertson is a lecturer in the departments of Criminal Justice and Sociology/Anthropology at RIT. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY Buffalo. His research interests are in crime, law, deviance, race, ethnicity, and immigration, with a focus on immigration and crime.