Associate Professor
Expertise: Criminology, Criminal Justice Studies, and Deviant Behavior

Dr. Ernest De Zolt received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Kent State University in 1991. Within sociology, he was trained in the specialty areas of criminology, deviant behavior, sociology of law, and theory/stratification.

He also co-coordinates (with Dr. Richard Clark) criminology field placements. Across the fifteen year history of these placements, students have interned with The Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Customs (Now the Office of Homeland Security), Office of Federal Pretrial Services, Secret Service, Women’s Prerelease Center, various offices within Cuyahoga County Adult and Juvenile Courts, and numerous local agencies affiliated with the local criminal justice system.

Since becoming a member of the department in 1989, he has written five grants each with an emphasis on crime or crime reduction.
Four of these grants were eventually funded. In addition, He has been principal or co-principal investigator on five program evaluations of criminal justice agencies. He was the past Chair of the Faculty Forum (2000-2006)

His research interests revolve around two intersecting academic areas of interest: (1) a macro-level examination of the discipline of sociology from theoretical, methodological, pedagogical, and social policy perspectives; and (2) a micro-level examination of some of the areas in sociology that remain under-developed (i.e. the construction of identity, the influence of multinational corporate behavior on global events, and applications of intervention on for those populations defined as at risk (e.g., delinquents, deviants, public school children, and issues of gender inequality).