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Irshad Altheimer

Associate Professor

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

Office Location
Office Mailing Address
93 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623-5603

Irshad Altheimer

Associate Professor

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


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


Irshad Altheimer is a 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.  As Director of CPSI, Dr. Altheimer has partnered with a diverse set of stakeholders supporting the implementation and evaluation of projects seeking to reduce violence and improve the administration of justice. His research has included partnerships with the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Probation, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Rochester General Hospital, Anthony L. Jordan Health Center, and Rise Up Rochester. Over the course of his career, Dr. Altheimer has secured more than $10 million in external funding from federal, state, and private sources.

Dr. Altheimer is actively engaged in scholarly research and has published articles in a variety of journals. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice, Homicide Studies, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Policing. His current research seeks to expand knowledge of dispute-related, and retaliatory urban violence. Dr. Altheimer is currently the primary investigator of an innovative partnership with the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center to create a support hub for victims of violence

Dr. Altheimer teaches a variety of courses; including interventions in 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.

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.

Currently Teaching

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.
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.
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.

In the News

  • May 9, 2022

    side-by-side portrait of faculty members Irshad Altheimer and Janelle Duda-Banwar.

    Initiative focuses on trauma of gun violence 

    The Rochester Beacon talks to Irshad Altheimer, director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives, and Janelle Duda-Banwar, senior research associate in the Department of Criminal Justice, about their partnership with Jordan Health.