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Pietro Toggia

Pietro ToggiaPietro Toggia, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminal Justice
office: Old Main 363
office phone: (610) 683-4736
Web site:
Arizona State University: M.S and Ph.D. in Justice Studies
University of the District of Columbia B.P.A. in Public Management

Professor Pietro Toggia has been teaching in the Department of Criminal Justice since fall 1998. He earned his Master's and doctoral degrees in justice studies at Arizona State University in United States. He is a full professor and teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, Ethics in Criminal Justice, and occasionally Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice. He has recently taught three sections of a graduate course in Advanced Criminology (as a visiting professor in Ethiopia) in the Department of Sociology at Addis Ababa University, in the Faculty of LAW at AAU, and in the School of Law at Bahir Dar University in fall 2011. He gave invitational lectures on transnational organized crimes at the University of Teramo (Italy) in May 2009 and on critical survey of criminological theories at Kenyatta University (Kenya) in May 2007. Dr. Toggia also co-organized and conducted a three-day workshop on human rights and policing for a group of high-ranking Kenyan police officers in August 2005. He has co-edited two books on the Horn of Africa and Ethiopia: Crisis and Terror in the Horn of Africa: The Autopsy of Democracy, Human Rights and Freedom with Ashgate (2000); Ethiopia in Transit: Millennial Quest for Stability and Continuity with Routledge (2011). He has also published peer reviewed articles, and presented numerous international conference papers with a primary focus on Africa on such topics as modern policing in Ethiopia, constitutionalism and the rule of law, genocide, kidnapping in Kenya, innovative mobile technology and innovative crimes in Kenya, organized crime syndicate (Mungiki) in Kenya, transitional justice in Africa, anti-vagrancy laws in Ethiopia, comparative police systems and police reforms in Kenya and South Africa at the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the African Studies Association annual conferences. He has two encyclopedia entries (forthcoming in early 2012) on kidnapping and international guidelines on victimization in The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Wiley-Blackwell). Dr. Toggia currently serves as a member of the editorial boards of the African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies (online) and the International Journal of Ethiopian Studies (Tsehai Publishers). He also serves as the book review editor of African Identities (Routledge).