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Ross Kleinstuber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Justice Administration & Criminology

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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Curriculum Vitae

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(814) 269-2989                                                                                                                                                                           

104-B Krebs Hall      

Fall 2018 Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1:00-3:00; Tuesday, Thursday: 11:00-12:20                                                                                                                                              

    Dr. Kleinstuber graduated summa cum laude from Rowan University in December 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Justice Studies, a minor in Mathematics, and an Honors concentration prior to enrolling in the University of Delaware, where he received his Master of Arts in Sociology in 2007 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology in 2011.  His areas of specialization are criminological theory and law & society. 

     His research focuses on law & society, the death penalty, life without parole, mass incarceration, and racial inequality.  Dr. Kleinstuber's dissertation examined the role of America's culture of individualism on the mitigation process in Delaware capital cases through content analyses of trial transcripts, judicial sentencing opinions, and local media accounts and through interviews with 35 former capital jurors.  Part of his dissertation forms the crux of his book, Hegemonic Individualism and Subversive Stories in Capital Mitigation, which was released on Ashgate Publishing's Law, Justice, and Power series in May 2014. His research on capital jurors was also cited by the Delaware Supreme Court when it declared Delaware's existing capital sentencing statute unconstitutional in Rauf v. Delaware (2016).  He is currently examining the role of victim impact evidence (VIE) in capital penalty trials and researching mass incarceration and life without parole. He is also currently involved in a grant project bringing the "Cure Violence" model to Johnstown in an effort to reduce violence in Johnstown and assessing the impact of the program.

     Dr. Kleinstuber's teaching interests include Criminology; Sociology of Law; Inequality, Crime, and Justice; Corrections; and Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice.  A complete list of his course offerings can be viewed at the link at the top of the page. Beginning in Spring 2019, Dr. Kleinstuber will also be offering an Inside Out course that brings together traditional college students and incarcerated students for a semester-long course taught inside a prison. The course is intended to break down walls (figuratively) and facilitate dialogue across profound social distances, thus fostering a unique and powerful learning experience.




Last updated: 11/8/18