Expertise: Victimology, Forgiveness, Restorative Justice, and Human Rights
Dr. Richard Clark received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in criminal justice and came to John Carroll in 1995. His research interests include the operation of the criminal justice system, the death penalty, the study of forgiveness, and human rights. His teaching areas are mostly in the Criminology Track. In addition to over 20 publications, Dr. Clark has presented almost 70 papers at professional meetings.
He regularly teaches the following courses:
Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Justice
Drugs and Crime, The Death Penalty
Violence and Society
In addition to his work in the criminology sequence, Dr. Clark is currently the director of the University’s Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program. He was one of four faculty members who participated in the inaugural trip on “Conflict Transformation and Peace Building” that took place in Northern Ireland and was a faculty leader on a similar trip to South Africa. In 2004, Dr. Clark, along with several colleagues, was given an “Award of Achievement” from Northern Ohio Live magazine for promoting death penalty issues. Along with departmental colleague, Dr. Wendy Wiedenhoft, he was awarded the “2006 Bilateral Cooperation Award” by the British Chamber of Commerce for work on conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. Finally, Dr. Clark received the “2007 Curtis W. Miles Community Service Award”, given by the Faculty Forum Research, Service Faculty Development Committee. Currently, he is the JCU faculty link to JUHAN (Jesuit University’s Humanitarian Action Network). In June 2015 he will be the Program Chair for the bi-annual JUHAN conference which will be held at John Carroll.
Dr. Clark was selected as a 2011 Carl Wilkens Genocide Fellow by the Genocide Intervention Network. He is one of 55 community leaders throughout the US who are charged with building “permanent anti-genocide constituency willing and able to protect civilians from mass atrocities”. Dr. Clark is also a former Board President of the Inter-Religious Task Force on Central America. IRTF is a Cleveland based organization that promotes peace and human rights in Central America and Columbia. It was founded by people of faith and conscience after the 1980 murder of four US church women in El Salvador.