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William Alex Pridemore

Professor    Affiliate Faculty    

Ph.D., State University of New York- Albany


Social structure and homicide and suicide rates
Role of alcohol in violence and mortality
Sociology of health and illness
Russia: Social change; violence; mortality crisis
Rural sociology and criminology
Measurement and method


Dr. Pridemore is a Distinguished University Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a member of the GSU Second Century Initiative’s cluster on Evidence-Based Policy. He received his PhD in 2000 from SUNY-Albany and spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard. 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 hisresearch on poverty, inequality, and national homicide rates; and he is the 2015 recipient of the Gerhard O.W. Mueller Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Criminal Justice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Science’s International Section. He is the American Society of Criminology’s liaison to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was the Founding Director of Indiana University’s Workshop in Methods.

Dr. Pridemore’s main research interests include: (1) impact of social structure on homicide and suicide rates, (2) role of alcohol in violence and mortality, and (3) 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, the measurement of crime and deviance, 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 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research is interdisciplinary and has been published in leading journals in several disciplines, including criminology (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 Science & Medicine). He also edited a volume on law, crime, and justice in transitional Russia, which was published byRowman & Littlefield, and recently co-edited (with Marieke Liem) a volume on European homicide research published by Springer.