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Dr. Diana L. Falco

Dr. Diana L. Falco

Assistant Professor



Dr. Diana Falco joined the faculty in the fall 2008 and is happy to be back in Western New York as well as to be working at her alma mater.  She received her undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Political Science and Criminology & Criminal Justice as well as her graduate degree (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Administration at Niagara University.  After graduating with her Master’s from NU, she worked as a Project Director at the Research Foundation of SUNY – Research Institute on Addictions on a project that examined malt liquor use among both college and non-college populations.  She then completed her doctoral studies in Criminology (Ph.D.) at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Falco has participated in various research projects examining public opinion towards punishment including her dissertation entitled "Assessing Students’ Views Towards Punishment: A Comparison of Punitiveness Among Criminology and Non-Criminology Students”. Dr. Falco is responsible for teaching the following courses at NU: Alternatives to Incarceration, Research Thesis, Criminology, Drugs and Crime and Policy Paper.  She is currently a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Current Research

Her main research interests include punitiveness, criminal justice policy, illicit drugs and substance abuse, public opinion, capital punishment, sentencing, and corrections.

Educational Background

  • B.A. in Political Science and Criminology & Criminal Justice and M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration at Niagara University.
  • Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.