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
February 26, 2021
A plague of homicides
The Rochester Beacon talks to Irshad Altheimer, director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives, about the rise in the homicide rate in Rochester.
October 30, 2020
Gun violence, fatalities reach 10-year high in Rochester
WHAM-TV talks to Irshad Altheimer, associate professor and director of RIT's Center for Public Safety Initiatives, about the increase in gun violence this year in Rochester.
June 5, 2020
Connections: Irshad Altheimer on criminal justice research and police reform
WXXI’s “Connections” program features Irshad Altheimer, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and director of the Center for Public Safety Initiatives.