Pamela Tontodonato is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Criminology. Prior to her appointment as Associate Dean, she served as interim chair, and undergraduate and graduate coordinator for the Department of Justice Studies. In 2007, she received the Raymond J. Kuhn and Shirley J. Kuhn Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award and in 2006, the Student Accessibility Services and Ability Unlimited Outstanding Faculty award. She has served as a Trustee on the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Recent publications include works in the area of criminological theory and criminal justice education. She has published in journals including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Violence and Victims, the International Review of Victimology, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. She was one of the authors of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Assessment web pages.
Education: Ph. D., University of Pennsylvania, 1986
Recent publications: P. Tontodonato & F. Hagan (2009). What Causes Delinquency? Classical and Sociological Theories of Crime. Chapter 2 (pp. 27-51) in Controversies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, 2nd edition, P. Benekos and A. Merlo (Eds.), Anderson Publishing/LexisNexis. P. Tontodonato (2006), Goals, expectations, and satisfaction of criminal justice majors: Implications for faculty, students, and programs, Journal of Criminal Justice Education 17 (1): 162-180; Cohort research, article in the Encyclopedia of Criminology (2005), R. Wright and J. M. Miller (Eds.), New York: Routledge. Marvin E. Wolfgang, article in the Encyclopedia of Criminology (2005), R. Wright and J. M. Miller (Eds.), New York: Routledge. F. Hagan and P. Tontodonato (2004), Delinquency Theory: Classical and Sociological Explanations, Chapter 2 (pp. 21-41) in Controversies in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, P. Benekos and A. Merlo (Eds.), Newark, NJ: Anderson/Lexis-Nexis Publishing; P. Tontodonato (2001), Study Guide to accompany Introduction to Criminal Justice, 4th edition, by Lawrence F. Travis, III, Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing; P. Tontodonato (2001), Cultural conflict theory, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, pp. 69-71, C. D. Bryant, Editor-in-Chief. Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge, Taylor and Francis publisher.