The School of Criminal Justice Welcomes the New Dean - William Alex Pridemore, Ph.D.

The School of Criminal Justice is pleased to welcome our new dean, Dr. William Alex Pridemore. Bill joined the University as Dean and Professor on July 27, 2015.

Bill comes to UAlbany from Georgia State University where he currently serves as distinguished university professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology and as senior researcher in the Cluster on Evidence-Based Policy. Prior to that he worked at Indiana University where he served as assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. While at Indiana he was the founding Director of IU’s Workshop in Methods and served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Criminal Justice for several years. 

Some of Bill's research interests include the impact of social structure on homicide and suicide rates, the role of alcohol in violence and mortality, and the sociology of health and illness. He has received numerous awards, including a junior scholar award for his research on alcohol, the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize from the British Journal of Criminology for his research on cross-national homicide rates, and the Mueller Award for distinguished contributions to international criminal justice. He has published nearly 90 peer-reviewed articles and several other edited volumes, book chapters, and reports. Bill has served as PI or co-PI on grants totaling more than $2.5 million.

He earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany and an M.A. in Criminal Justice and B.A.s in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University. He was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University.