Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Eric Silver

Eric Silver
Professor of Sociology and Criminology

Curriculum Vitae

Eric Silver
(814) 865-8714
902 Oswald Tower University Park , PA 16802
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Education

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

Professional Bio

TEACHING

I teach a large intro level course on morality called Knowing Right from Wrong. The course a provides a comprehensive introduction to the origins and influence of morality in daily life. It combines the philosopher’s interest in ethics with the psychologist’s interest in the mind and the sociologist’s interest in groups.

RESEARCH

I study morality and crime and justice related attitudes and behaviors. My recent projects focus on the influence of moral intuitions on public attitudes toward (1) stigmatization, (2) systemic racism and racial resentment, (3) affirmative action and other antiracism policies, (4) policing; (5) social movements such as Black Lives Matter, (6) sexual assault and harassment, (7) patriotism; and (8) people's willingness to report wrongdoing. My prior research focused on the relationship between mental disorder and violence/victimization, communities and crime, and risk assessment. I’ve authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and received awards for both my research and teaching.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2013 Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Outstanding Teaching Award, College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State University.
  • 2005 Outstanding Tenure Line Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Penn State University.
  • 2002 American Society of Criminology Ruth Shonle Cavan Award for outstanding early career contributions to the discipline of criminology.
  • 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.
  • 2002 American Psychiatric Association 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).

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS

  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, College of the Liberal Arts (2013-2017)
  • Associate Department Head (2009-2013)
  • Director of Graduate Studies (2003-2009)

Research Interests by Concentration

Criminology

morality and rule breaking behavior, the relationship between mental disorder and violence/victimization, deviance