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Timothy Austin

Office: Wilson Hall, Room 104

Office Phone: 724-357-5609




PhD Sociology, University of Georgia, 1972
MS Criminology, Florida State University, 1968
BA Anthropology, Florida State University, 1967

Areas of Interest

Comparative Justice Systems, Ethnography, Theory


Dr. Austin joined the IUP Department of Criminology in 1984 after serving on the faculty at the University of Central Florida (previously Florida Technological University), North Carolina State University, and Montana State University.

Beginning in the 1980s with two Senior Fulbright Research Awards, Dr. Austin conducted over a dozen research ventures to Southeast Asia. Field research has explored informal dispute resolution in Philippine villages and crime prevention strategies in Singapore, as well as social control on the Crow Indian reservation. Research has also been funded by two NSF awards and two awards from the U.S. Institute of Peace. Several books include Banana Justice: Field Notes on Philippine Crime and Custom (1999), Praeger; and Criminological Thought: Pioneers Past and Present (with Robert Mutchnick and Randy Martin), 2009, Prentice-Hall. Over 20 journal articles appear in such outlets as Criminology, Human Organization, Social Forces, Deviant Behavior, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Practicing Anthropology, the Journal of Folklore Research, and the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Dr. Austin served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators, 1988–89.

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
  • Wilson Hall, Room 200
    411 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2720
  • Fax: 724-357-4018
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.