Eric Silver

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Eric Silver

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Sociology and Criminology

105 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1439


For appointments, contact Keshia Kennelley, 814-865-1439,

Eric Silver is Associate Dean for Research in the College of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology and Criminology. He joined the Sociology faculty in 1999 and served as director of graduate studies in Crime, Law, and Justice from 2003 to 2009, and as Associate Department Head from 2009 to 2013. Dr. Silver received his PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1999.

Dr. Silver has authored over 50 articles, books, and book chapters in the areas of violence, mental illness, communities and crime, and recidivism prediction. Dr. Silver received the American Society of Criminology’s 2002 Ruth Shonle Cavan award for outstanding early contributions to the field of criminology, and received the 2002 Saleem Shah award for early career excellence from the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Silver also was co-winner of the American Psychiatric Association’s 2002 Guttmacher book award for his contributions to Rethinking Risk Assessment: The MacArthur Study of Mental Disorder and Violence (Oxford University Press). Dr. Silver was the inaugural recipient of the 2013 Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Outstanding Teaching Award and he was recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Tenure Line Teaching Award, both from the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. To learn more about Dr. Silver’s work, visit

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