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SCJ Dean Wins International Prize Honoring Famed Criminologist Adler

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 3, 2015) — School of Criminal Justice Dean William Alex Pridemore is the recipient of the 2015 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC’s) Division of International Criminology.

The prize is awarded annually to an international scholar who has made a significant contribution to international criminology, including the areas of international criminal justice, comparative, cross-border and transnational crime, and justice research.

Freda Adler and UAlbany's Pridemore
Dean William Alex Pridemore and Freda Adler.

2015 has been a star-studded year for the dean. In the spring, he won the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences International Section’s Mueller Distinguished Scholar Award. Late September in Geneva, Switzerland, he addressed the World Health Organization’s Violence Prevention Symposium on the results of studies examining the association between poverty, social protection, and national homicide rates.

The Adler Award is named for criminologist and educator Freda Adler, a leading international voice in several areas of criminology since 1975. She served as president of the ASC in 1994-1995.

The dean’s award is the second individual honor from ASC to be received this year. Assistant Professor Justin Pickett received the 2015 Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award for outstanding scholarly contributions to the discipline of criminology by an individual receiving his or her graduate degree within the previous five years. Dean Pridemore has called it “the highest recognition for a young scholar in our field.”

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