Dr. Talia  Harmon

Recipient of University Outstanding Teacher Award

Dr. Talia Harmon

Professor, Recipient of University Outstanding Teacher Award

Office Location:
Timon 112
Curriculum Vita:


Dr. Talia Harmon joined the faculty in the fall, 1999. She attended the State University of New York at Albany where she received her undergraduate degree (B.A.) as well as her graduate degrees (master's and Ph.D.).

Dr. Harmon’s very timely dissertation entitled "Overturned Convictions in Capital Cases: A Comparison Between Inmates Released From Death Row Because of Doubts About Their Guilt and Those Who Were Executed." has resulted in several publications in various journals including Justice Quarterly and Criminal Justice Policy Review. Additionally, she has written articles that address issues involving racial discrimination in death penalty cases, the death qualification process and violence.

Dr. Harmon is responsible for teaching the following courses at NU: Criminal Procedural Law, Substantive Criminal Law, Principles of Justice, Capital Punishment, Statistics, and Research Thesis. Dr. Harmon was honored in 2004 by the College of Arts and Sciences by being presented the Excellence in Teaching Award. She is currently a member of the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. Her main research interests involve capital punishment and issues relating to innocence, death qualification, racial discrimination, and competency for execution.

Dr. Harmon is currently the director of the graduate program in criminal justice administration.

Current Research

My two main areas of research have focused on innocence and wrongful executions under contemporary death penalty statutes and death penalty issues in New York State. I am currently working on a project examining the commutation process in New York State from 1890-1963. During the course of conducting research in both of these areas, I have developed two extensive databases. Since my arrival at Niagara University, I have published eight peer-reviewed articles in the innocence area and one in the area of death qualification in New York State. In addition, I expect several additional peer-reviewed manuscripts to be submitted for publication in due course.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany, 2000

Current Involvement

My service to the university is highlighted by my work on nine university-wide committees, two college level committees and my administrative work as the director of the graduate program in criminal justice administration, including the B.S./M.S. program. I also continue to serve as the faculty advisor for the Omega Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society. Finally, my contribution to the discipline/profession includes giving guest lectures, inviting guest speakers to campus and reviewing manuscripts for publication in five peer-reviewed journals.