Dr. Gennaro F. Vito is a scholar, facilitator, author, professor, and award-winning criminologist at the University of Louisville. He also serves as a faculty member in the Administrative Officer’s Course at the Southern Police Institute where he offers a course on criminal justice leadership (CJ 578).
He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Active in professional organizations, he is a Past President, Fellow, and recipient of the Bruce Smith Award (2012) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Outstanding Service Award, Police Section, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He served as the editor of The American Journal of Criminal Justice (1987-1991). He is recognized as one of the “Top 25 Criminal Justice Professors” by the Forensic Colleges as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report’s criminology ratings. He has published over 100 professional, refereed journal articles and 18 book chapters.
He has published on capital sentencing, police consolidation, police leadership, police traffic stops, policing strategies for drug problems in public housing, attitudes toward capital punishment, and the effectiveness of criminal justice programs, such as drug elimination programs, drug courts, and drug testing of probationers and parolees. He is the co-author of eleven textbooks in criminal justice and criminology including Police Leadership and Administration: A 21st Century Strategic Approach (Elsevier, 2019), Organizational Behavior and Management (Prentice Hall, 2020) and Criminology: Theory, Research, and Practice (Jones & Bartlett, 2021).
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