William Alex Pridemore

William Alex Pridemore

Distinguished Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
School of Public Health
Health Policy, Management and Behavior
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PhD 1995-2000 University at Albany – State University of New York, Criminal Justice
MA 1993-1994 Indiana University, Criminal Justice
BA 1990-1992 Indiana University, Sociology Criminal Justice
Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2003-2004 Harvard University

William Alex Pridemore


Dr. Pridemore is SUNY Distinguished Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at University at Albany – State University of New York. He was Dean of the School from 2015 to 2020. He received his PhD in 2000 from Albany and spent 2003-2004 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. In 2008 Dr. Pridemore received the Junior Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco. In 2009 he received Indiana University’s Trustees Teaching Award. In 2012 he received the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for his research on poverty, inequality, and national homicide rates. In 2015 he received the Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Criminal Justice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s International Section and the Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology for significant contributions to international criminology over the course of his career. In 2020 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a founding Editorial Board member of Annual Review of Criminology, has been the American Society of Criminology’s liaison to the American Association for the Advancement of Science for over a decade, with Karen Parker revived US News & World Report’s ranking of PhD programs in the field of Criminology, and was the Founding Director of Indiana University’s Workshop in Methods.

Research Interests

Dr. Pridemore’s main 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. Other research interests include violence and premature mortality in Russia, determining the effects of policy on outcomes like violence and health, rural criminology and sociology, measurement and method, and domestic terrorism.

Dr. Pridemore has been PI or co-PI on grants totaling more than $2.5 million, and his research has been funded by National Institutes of Health, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, National Institute of Justice, and American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation. Dr. Pridemore has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research is interdisciplinary in nature and has been published in leading journals in several disciplines, including criminology (Criminology, Annual Review of Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly), public health and epidemiology (American Journal of Public Health, Addiction), and sociology (Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Health & Social Behavior, Social Forces, Social Problems). He also edited a volume on law, crime, and justice in Russia, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield and co-edited (with Marieke Liem) a volume on European homicide research published by Springer.