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Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of Crime Analysis Initiatives

Dr. Piza’s research agenda focuses on the spatial analysis of crime patterns, evidence-based policing, crime control technology, and the integration of academic research and police practice. In support of his research, Dr. Piza has received over $3.7 million in outside research grants, including awards from the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of State, Swedish National Council on Crime Prevention, and the Charles Koch Foundation’s Policing & Criminal Justice reform program.

Dr. Piza has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars organized by government agencies around the world, including the U.S. Department of Justice, London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, Carabineros De Chile (The National Police Force of Chile), and New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Dr. Piza has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 books.

Before entering academia, Piza served as the GIS Specialist of the Newark, NJ Police Department, responsible for the day-to-day crime analysis and program evaluation activities of the agency. He received his PhD from Rutgers University.

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