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Dr. James J. Sobol is the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Buffalo State. His research centers on police behavior, with an emphasis on police attitudes, use of force and police culture. He is author to more than 20 scientific articles and reports to agencies of government. His research has appeared in prestigious peer reviewed journals such as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Policy Review.

Dr. Sobol’s recent research relates to understanding how police organizations respond to contemporary challenges and identifying ways to improve their effectiveness. He is a former Vice President of the Criminal Justice Educators of New York State and an active member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Sobol has a B.S. in Sociology from Canisius College, an M.S. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Buffalo State and a Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice, SUNY Albany.