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Harry R. Dammer is Professor and Chair of Sociology/Criminal Justice/Criminology. Dr. Dammer 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 six 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 35 articles, chapters, manuals, and professional reports on a variety of criminal justice topics.

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 currently is on the Academic Review Committee for the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and serves as an Executive Counselor of the International Criminology Section of the American Society of Criminology.

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.

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.