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Associate Professor and Director of The Center for Public Safety Initiatives
Eastman Hall, Room 2164

Irshad Altheimer is an associate professor of criminal justice and the Deputy Director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives (CPSI).   He received his B.A. from Alabama State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Washington State University. Dr. Altheimer is actively engaged in scholarly research and has published articles in a variety of journals. His current research seeks to expand knowledge of dispute-related, and retaliatory urban violence.  He also works as a research partner with local law enforcement agencies addressing urban violence.  Dr. Altheimer is currently serving as the co-principal investigator on a Bureau of Justice Assistance grant that seeks to reduce gun violence in the city of Rochester, NY.  He was also awarded the 2014 W.E.B Dubious Fellowship by the National Institute of Justice.

Dr. Altheimer teaches a variety of courses; including minority groups and criminal justice, introduction to criminal justice, and research methods. He is also actively engaged with students outside of the classroom; he serves as the faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association and mentors student researchers at CPSI. (CV)


Altheimer, Irshad, Lonnie Schaible, John Klofas, and Michelle Comeau. Forthcoming. “Victim Characteristics, Situational Factors, and the Lethality of Urban Gun Violence.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Schaible, Lonnie, and Irshad Altheimer. 2016. "Social Structure, Anomie and National Levels of Homicide.”  International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology: 60(8) 936-63.

Wu, Yuning, and Irshad Altheimer.  2013. "Race/Ethnicity, Foreign-born Status, and Victimization in Seattle, WA" Race and Justice 3(4): 339-357

Altheimer, Irshad. 2013. “Cultural Processes and Homicide across Nations.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 57(7):842-863

Altheimer, Irshad. 2013. “Herding and Homicide across Nations.” Homicide Studies 17(1): 27-58