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Irshad Altheimer

Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts
Director, Center for Public Safety Initiatives

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Irshad Altheimer

Associate Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
College of Liberal Arts
Director, Center for Public Safety Initiatives

Education

BA, Alabama State University; MA, Ph.D., Washington State University

Bio

Irshad Altheimer is an associate professor of criminal justice and the 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)

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Currently Teaching

CRIM-705
3 Credits
This course will focus on theory and research regarding the effectiveness of broad anti-crime strategies and specific intervention efforts at the local, state, national and international level. Theoretical explanations of crime and ideological orientations towards crime will be linked with the crime control and prevention strategies associated with those perspectives. Each strategy of crime control/prevention (including deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation, and community crime prevention) will be assessed in terms of research findings on its effectiveness. Detailed attention will be given to prevention/control strategies aimed at both juvenile and adult offenders. Programs will also be examined in the broader context of the ideology and philosophy of justice. Students will become familiar with the state of the art in crime and justice related interventions by studying the theory, practice and evaluation of contemporary crime and justice interventions.
CRIM-706
3 Credits
This course provides an examination of current issues in criminal justice with an emphasis on the application of evaluation, management, theory and ethics to analysis of criminal justice policy, The goal is to engage students in discussion of current issues with their peers and with experts in the field.
CRIM-702
3 Credits
This seminar will focus on the principles and techniques of research with a special focus on evaluation research. The course will cover research conceptualization and design, development of appropriate measures, collection and analysis of data using a wide range of methods. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the research process as well as the policy implications and consequences of research and evaluation. Students will also begin to develop a thesis research proposal.

Latest News

  • October 11, 2018

    Yellow "Crime Scene Do Not Cross" police tape stretching across black pavement.

    RIT research aims to cut Rochester gun violence

    With a grant from the New York State Health Foundation, RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives will form a program to determine whether a victim of street crime was involved in a dispute, and whether that dispute could escalate with gun violence.

Select Scholarship

Invited Paper
McCluskey, John, et al. "Data Science and Criminal Justice: An Invitation and Cautionary Note." ACJS Today. (2018). Web.
Journal Paper
Altheimer, Irshad, et al. "Victim Characteristics, Situational Factors, and the Lethallity of Urban Violence." Journal of Interpersonal Violence. (2016): 1-24. Web.
Wu, Yuning and Irshad Altheimer. "Race/Ethnicity, Foreign-born Status, and Victimization in Seattle, WA." Race and Justice 3. 4 (2013): 842-863. Print.
Altheimer, Irshad. "Herding and Homicide Across Nations." Homicide Studies 17. 1 (2013): 27-58. Print.
Altheimer, Irshad. "Cultural Processes and Homicide Across Nations." International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 57. 5 (2013): 842-863. Print.
Altheimer, Irshad. "Cultural Processes and Homicide Across Nations." International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. (2012): Online. Web.
External Scholarly Fellowships/National Review Committee
10/1/2014 - 9/30/2016
     Bureau of Justice Assistance (Project Safe Neighborhoods)
     Amount: $299,961.00
9/1/2013 - 9/30/2014
     Bureau of Justice Assistance
     Amount: 300,000
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Altheimer, Irshad. "Neighborhood Factors, Individual Characteristics, and the Lethality of Gun Violence." 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. American Society of Criminology. Atlanta, GA. 20 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.