William Pridemore

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William Alex Pridemore
Born (1969-10-14) October 14, 1969 (age 49)
EducationIndiana University
University at Albany, SUNY
Known forWork on social structure, alcoholic beverage consumption, and violence
Awards2015 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's Division of International Criminology
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity at Albany, SUNY
Georgia State University
Emory University
Indiana University

William Alex Pridemore (born October 14, 1969)[1] is an American criminologist who is a professor in, and the dean of, the University at Albany, SUNY's School of Criminal Justice. He is also an affiliate faculty member at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.[2]


Pridemore received his B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University in criminal justice, after which he received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany in 2000.[2]


Before joining the faculty of the University at Albany as dean and professor in 2015, he was a distinguished professor at Georgia State University in their Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology for two years. Before that, he was a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University from 2009 to 2013.[2]


Pridemore is known for researching the relationship between social structure, alcohol, and violence.[2] This research has reported a positive relationship between alcohol outlets and rates of assault,[3] which he has also reported can be reduced by higher degrees of social cohesion in neighborhoods.[4] He has also studied anti-abortion violence[5] and the relationship between incarceration and mortality.[6]


  1. ^ "William Alex Pridemore". Library of Congress.
  2. ^ a b c d "William Pridemore CV" (PDF).
  3. ^ "More Bars Equals More Assaults, Study Finds". U.S. News & World Report. 2010-02-21.
  4. ^ "Tight Communities Can Lower Violence Linked to Liquor Stores". U.S. News & World Report. 2011-08-24.
  5. ^ "Abortion clinics still face violence". UPI. 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  6. ^ Rolfes, Ellen (2014-05-15). "Ex-prisoners more likely to die early death, study finds". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2017-09-23.

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