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Dean Alan Lizotte Named Fellow of American Society of Criminology

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2014) -- University at Albany School of Criminal Justice Dean Alan Lizotte has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. The honor will be awarded in fall 2014.

Lizotte is one of the nation's leading experts on gun use and violence, criminology and juvenile delinquency. He is a founding member and principal investigator of the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS), where his work on several studies has garnered more than $25 million in grants over the past 20 years.

The title of "Fellow" is given to those members of the Society in good standing who have achieved distinction in criminology, recognizing persons who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline, whether in the form of a singular, major piece of scholarship or cumulative scholarly contributions. In addition, a Fellow must have made a significant contribution to the field through the career development of other criminologists and/or through organizational activities within the ASC.

Dean Alan Lizotte

Alan Lizotte, dean of the School of Criminal Justice. (Photo by Mark Schmidt )

Lizotte is the former executive director of the UAlbany School of Criminal Justice's prestigious Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center, which develops policy recommendations in the field of criminal justice, disseminates research results through publication in scholarly journals, and provides opportunities for graduate students to learn research skills and to develop dissertation topics. He has been a member of the Center's board continuously since 1986.

He  received the American Society of Criminology's Michael J. Hindelang Award in 2003 for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Research in Criminology, and in 2009 received the President's Award for Excellence in Research and UAlbany's Graduate Student Association's Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Development.

Lizotte received his master's degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois and an undergraduate degree in sociology from Brown University. He served as interim dean of the #2-ranked (U.S. News & World Report) School of Criminal Justice in 2009, and was named dean in 2010.

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