received an A.S. in Police Science from Bergen Community College (NJ), B.S. in Criminal
Justice from the University of Dayton (OH), M.S. in Education from Dayton, and Ph.D. from
The Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. He is the author or co-author of seven books including Religion in Corrections (American Correctional Association, 1999), Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (with Jay S. Albanese, Cengage/Thomson Press, 2013) and the Offender in the Community (with Todd R. Clear, Wadsworth/Thomson Press, 2003). He has also published or co-published more than 40 articles, chapters, manuals, and professional reports on a variety of criminal justice topics. In 1993-94, and the spring of 2009, Dr. Dammer was awarded Fulbright Scholarships to lecture and conduct research in Germany.
He has been active on numerous professional organizations including the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Correctional Association, and the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences. He served as the chair of the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (March 2003 to March 2005). He has served on the Academic Review Committee for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and as a member of the National Seminar for Higher Jesuit Education.
Dr. Dammer has professional experience as a probation officer and served as a consultant to the National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, the American Correctional Association, National Conference of Christians and Jews and private law firms. He has made numerous presentations at professional conferences around the world including lectures in China, Portugal, Canada, S.Korea, Hungary, Greece, Switzerland, Germany, England, Netherlands, and Poland. In 2011 he received the University of Scranton Faculty Award for Excellence in Advancing Interdisciplinary Study, and in 2016 he received the Faculty Award for Excellence in University Service and Leadership.
On the personal side, Dr. Dammer was born in Jersey City, NJ, and grew up in Ridgefield, NJ. He currently resides in Clarks Summit with his wife (Eileen Sulzbach-Dammer) and daughters. His personal interests are running, golf, college basketball, and he is an avid Yankees fan.