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Dr. Craig  Rivera

Recipient of University Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Craig Rivera

Associate Professor, Recipient of University Outstanding Teacher Award

Office Location:
Timon 110
Curriculum Vita:


Dr. Craig Rivera joined the faculty of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the fall of 2002.  He currently teaches or has taught Policy Research Seminar, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and Restorative Justice on the undergraduate level; he also teaches Research Methods, Introduction to Statistical Analysis, and Restorative Justice on the graduate level.  Dr. Rivera’s recent publications have appeared in Criminal Justice and Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Justice Quarterly, and American Journal of Community Psychology

Dr. Rivera serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, and on the Board of Directors of Peaceprints Prison Ministries. He is also a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Current Research

His main research interests include the following: the relationship between religiosity and delinquency and drug use; the relationship between individual faith and attitudes about justice in general and criminal justice policy in particular, including involvement with justice-related issues; identifying patterns of imprisonment over time for U.S. counties, and examining correlates and consequences of these patterns; and empirically testing criminological theories. He and Dr. Ireland, along with several graduate students, recently completed a five year longitudinal evaluation of a HOPE VI project in the City of Niagara Falls. HOPE VI is a federal program designed to reconceptualize and revitalize public housing.

Educational Background

Ph.D., University at Albany (2002); MA, University at Albany (1996); B.S., Penn State University (1994).