Department of Criminology

Scott Riiska Ph.D.

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Office Location

301 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus



Academic Degrees

  • B.A. University of Southern Maine, Political Science & Sociology, 1991
  • M.A. American University, Sociology, 1997
  • Ph.D. American University, Sociology, 2004


I am teaching at my alma mater, having graduated from USM in 1991 with a BA in Political Science and Sociology.  I held a graduate fellowship at American University in Washington D.C., where I earned my MA (1997) and PhD (2004) in Sociology.  As a graduate intern at the Maryland Division of Corrections, I helped establish an intelligence network to reduce the impact of gangs and other security threats in the state’s prisons.  I have over 15 years of experience working with juvenile and adult offenders, in settings such as the Long Creek Youth Development Center, Riverview Psychiatric Center, and Cumberland County Jail.