BA, Alabama State University; MA, Ph.D., Washington State University
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 Dubois 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.
Bureau of Justice Assistance (Project Safe Neighborhoods)
Bureau of Justice Assistance
In the News
October 25, 2021
Examining a violent year
The Rochester Beacon cites research by the Center for Public Safety Initiatives
July 7, 2021
Rochester part of national surge in shootings, homicides in communities upended during pandemic
The Democrat and Chronicle talks to Irshad Altheimer, associate professor and director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives, about the national rise in gun violence.
June 30, 2021
RIT professor is motivated by tragic past to help stop violence in Rochester
WHAM-TV talks to Irshad Altheimer, associate professor and director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives, about the factors driving violence in Rochester.