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Eric Silver

Eric Silver

Professor of Sociology and Criminology

Associate Dean for Research

College of the Liberal Arts

105 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1439

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D. Sociology, State University of New York at Albany, 1999

Research and Teaching Interests

Sociology of deviance, social control, and morality.

Administrative Positions

  • Associate Dean for Research, College of the Liberal Arts (2013-present)
  • Associate Department Head (2009-2013)
  • Director of Graduate Studies (2003-2009)

Professional Awards and Achievements

  • Winner of the 2013 Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State University.
  • Winner of the 2005 Outstanding Tenure Line Teaching Award for the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University.
  • Winner of the American Society of Criminology’s 2002 Ruth Shonle Cavan Award for outstanding early career contributions to the discipline of criminology.
  • Winner of the 2002 Saleem Shah award for early career excellence, sponsored by the American Psychology-Law Society (Division 41 of the American Psychological Association) and the American Society of Forensic Psychology.
  • Co-winner of the American Psychiatric Association’s 2002 Manfred Guttmacher Award for the Oxford University Press book, Rethinking Risk Assessment: The MacArthur Study of Mental Disorder and Violence (Monahan, Steadman, Silver et al., 2001).

Editorial Boards

  • SOCIAL PROBLEMS (2008-present)
  • CRIMINOLOGY (2003-2011)

Research Interests:

Deviance, Social Control, and Morality

Research Interests:

Urban and Community Sociology Specialization:

Communities and crime, spatial contexts of deviance and social control, causes and consequences of neighborhood order and disorder, mental illness in community context

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