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UOIT criminologist named Distinguished Scholar of the Year by U.S. organization

OSHAWA, Ont. - The prestigious American Society of Criminology's Division on Women and Crime has chosen Walter DeKeseredy, a professor in the Faculty of Social Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, as the co-recipient of its Distinguished Scholar of the Year award for 2004.

DeKeseredy specializes in the study of violence against women, men who are abusive, and poverty and crime in public housing. The award, presented during the society's recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., was shared with Martin D. Schwartz, a professor of criminology at Ohio University and a research colleague of DeKeseredy's. It recognizes the exceptional quality and significance of their entire body of research.

"My research has been dedicated to not only developing a better scientific understanding of these problems, but to enhancing women's quality of life," said DeKeseredy. "That's one of the reasons I was honoured with this award - because it's research that makes a difference."

DeKeseredy has published close to 50 refereed journal articles and numerous book chapters. His most recent books include Woman Abuse in Dating Relationships: The Role of Male Peer Support, and Women, Crime and the Canadian Criminal Justice System, co-authored with Ronald Hinch, Dean of UOIT's Faculty of Social Science.

"In my view, receipt of this award is a strong indication of the quality of faculty that we are attracting to UOIT," said Hinch. "It signals that experienced, accomplished scholars are willing to come and build a new university with a bold vision.

"We have attracted and will continue to attract high quality faculty like DeKeseredy in virtually all of our academic units," he added. "It speaks of greater things to come."

In 1995, the American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology honoured DeKeseredy with its Critical Criminologist of the Year Award. Critical criminology examines the inequalities in society that contribute to crime and injustice, and how those issues can be addressed. In 1993, he received Carleton University's Research Achievement Award. He is currently completing an exploratory study of sexual assault during and after separation or divorce in three communities in rural Ohio. The study is funded by the U.S. National Institute of Justice.

A graduate of York University, DeKeseredy began his teaching career in 1988 at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. He moved to Carleton University in Ottawa in 1989, and was hired in 2000 by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He joined the faculty at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology earlier this year.

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