Gennaro F Vito

Professor & Department Chair of Criminal Justice


Gennaro F. Vito is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and the Department Chair 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 police leadership. 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. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Criminal Justice Professors” by the Forensic Colleges web site as ranked by the U.S. News & World Report’s criminology ratings. Pursuant to his research agenda, Dr. Vito has been principal or co-principal investigator on 37 research grant projects. He is the author of 98 professional, refereed journal articles (in such journals as CriminologyThe Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Police Quarterly, and The Prison Journal), 17 book chapters, 8 book reviews and 43 technical research reports. He has published on such topics as: 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 has made 125 presentations at professional meetings, including invited sessions to practitioners on capital sentencing and police leadership. He is the co-author of eleven textbooks in criminal justice and criminology including Practical Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice (Elsevier, 2014).