Eric Silver

Eric Silver

Professor of Sociology and Criminology

902 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-8714

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

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

Biography:

Interests

I study the relationship between morality and crime, deviance, and criminal-justice related behaviors. My prior work focuses on the relationship between mental disorder and violence/victimization, communities and crime, and risk assessment. I have authored over 50 articles and received awards for both research and teaching.

Research Projects

Currently, I'm studying (1) the relationship between morality and offending; (2) the relationship between morality and stigmatization; (3) the relationship between morality and people’s punitive attitudes toward harassment bribes, both monetary and sexual; and (4) the relationship between morality and punitiveness.

Professional Awards and 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:

      Criminology:

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