University of Southern Maine Professor of Sociology James W. Messerschmidt of Cape Elizabeth recently received the 2012 Donald B. Leiffer Outstanding Alumnus Award from San Diego State University’s (SDSU) School of Public Affairs. The award was presented in recognition for his scholarly contributions to the fields of criminology, sociology and gender studies. Messerschmidt is chair of USM’s Department of Criminology and teaches in the Women and Gender Studies Program.
Messerschmidt travelled to San Diego to receive the award during the SDSU School of Public Affairs luncheon and awards ceremony in honor of the School’s 2011-2012 graduating students of distinction. He presented the luncheon’s keynote address and also met two of his former professors, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice Tom Gitchoff and Janet Sherman, Esq.
In addition to his Master’s from SDSU, Messerschmidt holds a Ph.D. from the Criminology Institute in the Department of Sociology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. He teaches white-collar crime, gender and crime, political crime and his research interests focus on the interrelation of gender, race, class, and crime. USM’s Women and Gender Studies Program presented him with the 2010-11 MacPherson Outstanding Feminist Faculty Award. He is the author of 10 books, most recently “Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence: The Struggle for Recognition” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).
(L to R) San Diego State University Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice Tom Gitchoff and USM Professor of Sociology James W. Messerschmidt at the San Diego State University School of Public Affairs Awards Luncheon at which Messerschmidt received the 2012 Donald B. Leiffer Outstanding Alumni Award.