William Alex Pridemore
Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany, 2000
Professor of Criminal Justice
Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Criminal Justice
Director, Indiana University's Workshop in Methods (WIM)
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Sociology
Affiliate Faculty, Russian and East European Institute
Affiliate Faculty, Social Science Research Methods Program
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William received his Ph.D. from SUNY-Albany in 2000. He is a professor in the Criminal Justice Department and Director of Graduate Studies in the Criminal Justice Department, and holds courtesy appointments as an Adjunct Professor in IU's Sociology Department and as an affiliate faculty member of IU's Russian and East European Institute. Professor Pridemore is also Director of IU's campus-wide Workshop in Methods. He is a member of the National Consortium on Violence Research and spent a year as a Research Fellow at Harvard University in the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. 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 IU's Trustees Teaching Award; and in 2012 he received the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for his research on poverty, inequality, and national homicide rates published in 2011 in British Journal of Criminology. He is currently the American society of Criminology's liaison to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Professor Pridemore's main research interests include (1) the impact of social structure on homicide and suicide rates, (2) role of alcohol in violence and mortality, and (3) effects of social change, social structure, economic transition, and alcohol consumptionon homicide and suicide in Russia. Other research interests include crime in rural areas, the measurement of crime, and far right-wing culture and crime.
Dr. Pridemore's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the National Institute of Justice, and the American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation. 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, European Journal of Public Health), and sociology (Social Forces, Social Science and Medicine, European Sociological Review). He also edited a volume on law, crime, and justice in transitional Russia, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield, and co-edited (with Marieke Liem) a volume on European homicide research published by Springer.
Pridemore, W.A. & Grubesic, T.H. (2012). Community organization moderates the effect of alcohol outlet density on violence. Forthcoming in British Journal of Sociology.
Gruenewald, J. & Pridemore, W.A. (2012). A comparison of ideologically motivated homicides from the new Extremist Crime Database and routine homicides from the Supplementary Homicide Reports using multiple imputation by chained equations to handle missing values. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 28, 141-162.
Pridemore, W.A. & Grubesic, T.H. (2012). Alcohol outlets and community levels of interpersonal violence: Spatial density, type of outlet, and seriousness of assault. Forthcoming in Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Pridemore, W.A. & Grubesic, T.H. (2012). A spatial analysis of the moderating effects of land use on the association between alcohol outlet density and violence in urban areas. Drug and Alcohol Review, 31, 385-393.
Jones, R. & Pridemore, W.A. (2012). The foreclosure crisis and crime: Is housing-mortgage stress associated with violent and property crime in U.S. metropolitan areas? Social Science Quarterly, 93, 671-691.
Spano, R., Pridemore, W.A., & Bolland, J. (2012). Specifying the role of exposure to violence and violent behavior on initiation of gun carrying: A longitudinal test of three models of youth gun carrying. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27, 158-176.
Snowden, A.J., & Pridemore, W.A. (2012). Alcohol outlets, social disorganization, land use, and assault in a small town. Forthcoming in Criminal Justice Review.
Aliverdinia, A. & Pridemore, W.A. (2012). Individual-level factors contributing to homelessness among adult males in Iran. Sociological Spectrum, 32, 209-225.
Kaylen, M.T., & Pridemore, W.A. (2012). Systematically addressing inconsistencies in the rural social disorganization and crime literature. Forthcoming in International Journal of Rural Criminology.
Liem, M.C.A. & Pridemore, W.A. (Eds.). (2011). Handbook of European homicide research: Patterns, explanations, and country studies. New York: Springer.
Kaylen, M.T., & Pridemore, W.A. (2011). A reassessment of the association between social disorganization and youth violence in rural areas. Social Science Quarterly, 92, 978-1001.
Pridemore, W.A. (2011). Poverty matters: A reassessment of the inequality-homicide relationship in cross-national studies. British Journal of Criminology, 51, 739-772.
Grubesic, T.H. & Pridemore, W.A. (2011). Using proximity analysis and spatial cluster detection to better understand the association between agglomerations of alcohol outlets and clusters of violence. International Journal of Health Geographics, 10, 30.
Stickley, A. & Pridemore, W.A. (2010). The effects of binge drinking and social capital on violent
victimization: Findings from Moscow. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64, 902-907.
Pridemore, W.A., Tomkins, S., Eckhardt, K., Kiryanov, N., & Saburova, L. (2010). A case-control analysis of educational and marital status differentials in alcohol- and non-alcohol-related mortality among working-age Russian males. European Journal of Public Health, 20, 569-575.
Pridemore, W.A. & Trent, C.L.S. (2010). Do the invariant findings of Land, McCall, and Cohen generalize beyond the United States? A review of the cross-national literature on the structural covariates of homicide. Homicide Studies, 14¸ 296-335.
Kaylen, M.T. & Pridemore, W.A. (2010). Societal heavy drinking and suicide mortality among Russian youth. Contemporary Drug Problems, 37, 449-474.
Lysova, A. & Pridemore, W.A. (2010). Alcohol consumption in Russia: Patterns, policies, and public health. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 27, 425-447.
Pridemore, W.A., & Snowden, A. (2009). Reduction in suicide mortality following a new national alcohol policy: An interrupted time series analysis of Slovenia. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 915-920.
Aliverdinia, A. & Pridemore, W.A. (2009). Women’s fatalistic suicide in Iran: A partial test of Durkheim in an Islamic Republic. Violence Against Women, 15, 307-320.
Pridemore, W.A., Trahan, A., & Chamlin, M.B. (2009). No evidence of suicide increase following terrorist attacks in the United States: An interrupted time series analysis of September 11 and Oklahoma City. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 39, 659-670.
Gruenewald, J. & Pridemore, W.A. (2009). Stability and change in homicide victim, offender, and event characteristics in Chicago between 1900 and 2000. Homicide Studies, 13, 355-384.
Eckhardt, K. & Pridemore, W.A. (2009). Differences in male and female involvement in lethal violence in Russia. Journal of Criminal Justice, 37, 55-64.
Pridemore, W.A. (2008). A methodological addition to the cross-national empirical literature on social structure and homicide: A first test of the poverty-homicide thesis. Criminology, 46, 133-154.
Pridemore, W.A., Chamlin, M.B., & Trahan, A. (2008). A test of competing hypotheses about homicide rates following terrorist attacks: An interrupted time series analysis of September 11 and Oklahoma City. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 24, 381-396.
Pridemore, W.A. & Eckhardt, K. (2008). A comparison of victim, offender, and event characteristics of alcohol-and non-alcohol-related homicides. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 45, 227-255.
Andreev, E.M., Pridemore, W.A., Shkolnikov, V.M., & Antonova, O.I. (2008). An investigation of the growing number of deaths of unidentified people in Russia. European Journal of Public Health, 18, 252-257.
Snowden, A. & Pridemore, W.A. (2008). The 2003 Slovenian alcohol policy: Background, supporters, and opponents. Contemporary Drug Problems, 35, 5-35.
Aliverdinia, A. & Pridemore, W.A. (2008). An overview of the illicit narcotics problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Trafficking, abuse, and governmental response. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law, and Criminal Justice, 16, 155-170.