University of California, Riverside

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John FischerJohn Fischer, Professor of Philosophy

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Dr. Fischer has written on moral responsibility theory his entire career, starting with his paper in the Journal of Philosophy, "Responsibility and. Control," when he was an Associate Professor at Yale (in 1982). He has edited two collections published with Cornell University Press, Moral Responsibility (1986) and Perspectives on Moral Responsibility, 1993. Dr. Fischer's main work on these topics is his book (co-authored with Mark Ravizza), Responsibiliiy and Control: A Theory of Moral Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He has published roughly 175 articles on these and related topics, three monographs, and a dozen or so anthologies. Dr. Fischer is the first philosopher ever appointed as a University Professor in the University of California.

Augustine KposowaAugustine Kposowa, Professor of Sociology

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Augustine J. Kposowa, PhD, (Ohio State) is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. His line of research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Demography, Social Epidemiology, Criminology, and Political Economy. In addition to doing basic research, Dr. Kposowa is convinced that sociological findings must, and should influence public policy in order to uplift the human condition especially with regard to reducing social and economic inequality, reducing poverty, and improving the overall physical quality of life. Dr. Kposowa is currently involved in research that investigates the link between gun ownership and gun legislation on suicide, the impact of institutional confidence on political violence in the Middle East, cultural and structural racism within police organizations and their effects on police violence and abuse of power. Recent publications have appeared in DuBois Review, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Sociological Spectrum, Social Science & Medicine, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Community Psychology, Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, Social Science Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, and Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

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  • Augustine J. Kposowa & Dina A. Ezzat (2016). Religiosity, Conservatism and Acceptability of Anti-Female Spousal Violence in Egypt Journal of Interpersonal Violence,1-26 DOI: 10.1177/0886260516660976

  • Augustine J. Kposowa, & Karin A. Johnson (2015). A Cohort Analysis of Employment Status and Homicide in the United States Sociological Spectrum 36,93-108

  • Augustine Kposowa, David Hamilton, & Katy Wang (2016). Impact of Firearm Availability and Gun Regulation on State Suicide Rates Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12243

  • James P. McElvain & Augustine J. Kposowa (2014) Latino Officers and their Involvement in Police Shootings Journal of Criminology

  • James P. McElvain, Augustine J. Kposowa & Brian C. Gray (2013). Testing a Crime

  • Control Model: Does Strategic and Directed Deployment of Police Officers Lead to Lower Crime? Journal of Criminology 

  • Augustine J. Kposowa, Michelle Adams & Glenn T. Tsunokai (2010) Citizenship status and arrest patterns in the United States: Evidence from the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program Crime, Law and Social Change 53, 159-181

Ron LoveridgeRon Loveridge, Professor of Political Science

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Mayor Loveridge has 33 years of public service – as a Riverside Councilmember beginning in 1979 and as Mayor from 1994 to 2012 and received his doctorate from Stanford University. At the national level, he was very involved on the Executive Committee and Board of the National League of Cities, making policy calls and decisions on behalf of some 19,000 cities and towns across the nation. He also served as President of the National League of Cities in 2010. Mayor Loveridge is a member of the National Academy of Public Policy. His statewide and regional service has included Board roles on the broadest array of important organizations: the California Air Resources Board , California Forward Action Fund, California Competes, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Southern California Association of Governments, Western Riverside Council of Governments, and Inland Empire Economic Partnership. Mayor Loveridge’s research investigates urban politics and public policy, particularly environmental policy. He is the author of City Managers in Legislative Politics (Bobbs-Merrill, 1971). His research has appeared in Polity,Environment and Behavior, California Air Environment, and Cry California, as well as several edited volumes.

Ben NewmanBenjamin J. Newman, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science

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Dr. Newman is a political scientist whose main fields of research are American politics, class and income inequality, and racial and ethnic politics. He is currently working on collaborative projects exploring the effect of police practices on public trust in law enforcement, public opinion toward corporate and white collar crime, and the response of law enforcement to civilian complaint. These works are under review for publication and in progress.

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    • Newman, B., & Hartman, T. (2017). Mass Shootings and Public Support for Gun Control. British Journal of Political Science, 1-27. doi:10.1017/S0007123417000333
    • Newman, Benjamin J. “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Local Gender-Based Earnings Inequality and Women's Belief in the American Dream.” American Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming)
    • Johnston, Christopher D., and Benjamin J. Newman. 2016. “Economic Inequality and U.S. Public Policy Mood across Time and Space.” American Politics Research 44(1): 164-191.
    • Newman, Benjamin J., Christopher D. Johnston., and Patrick L. Lown. 2015. “False Consciousness or Class Awareness? Local Income Inequality, Personal Economic Position, and Belief in American Meritocracy.” American Journal of Political Science 59(2):326-340.
    • Newman, Benjamin J. 2014. “My Poor Friend: Financial Distress in One’s Social Network, the Perceived Power of the Rich, and Support for Redistribution.” Journal of Politics 76(1): 126-138.

Tanya NieriTanya Nieri, Associate Professor of Sociology

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Dr. Nieri's research interests include causes and consequences of acculturation, particularly among immigrant families and youths; youth problem behaviors, particularly substance use and violence; and culturally grounded community-based prevention interventions. Her research, which is primarily quantitative, tends to focus on Latinos, particularly those of Mexican-heritage in the United States and in Mexico. Tanya examines the resiliencies in a person's original ethnic culture and the risks associated with the loss of that culture and acquisition of American culture. At UCR, Tanya is affiliated with the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies, School of Public Policy and the Center for Healthy Communities, School of Medicine.

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  • Nieri, T., Grindal, M., Adams, M.A., Cookston, J., Fabricius, W., Parke, R., & Saenz, D. (2016). Reconsidering the “acculturation gap” narrative through an analysis of parent-adolescent acculturation differences and youth problem behavior in Mexican American families. Journal of Family Issues, 37(14). doi: 10.1177/0192513X14551175
  • Grindal, M., & Nieri, T. (2015). The relationship between ethnic-racial socialization and adolescent substance use: An examination of social learning as a causal mechanism. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. 37 pages. doi: 10.1080/15332640.2014.993785
  • Grindal, M., & Nieri, T. (2015). An examination of ethnic identity and academic performance: Assessing the multidimensional role of parental ethnic-racial socialization among a sample of Latino adolescents. Race and Social Problems, 7(3), 242-255. doi: 10.1007/s12552-015-9154-5
  • Nieri, T., Apkarian, J., Marsiglia, F.F., & Kulis, S.S. (2015). Effects of a youth substance use prevention program on stealing, fighting, and weapon use. Journal of Primary Prevention, 36(1), 41-49. doi: 10.1007/s10935-014-0373-0. PMC4289019.
  • Nieri, T., & Bermudez-Parsai, M. (2014). Gap or overlap? Parent-child acculturation differences in Mexican immigrant families. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 36(4), 413-434. doi: 10.1177/0739986314552047

Sharon OselinSharon Oselin, Associate Professor of Sociology
Director (Academic), Presley Center

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Sharon S. Oselin is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Much of her work focuses on crime and deviance, with a particular emphasis on sex work. In addition to a number of journal articles, she is the author of Leaving Prostitution: Getting Out and Staying Out of Sex Work (2014, NYU Press). She is currently working on a project that examines the ways in which gentrification impacts those engaged in the illicit shadow economy by drawing on the case of street-based sex workers in Washington DC.


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