Dr. Nikolas Roberts

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology


Nik Roberts, PhD, is a tenured assistant professor of criminology and conflict resolution in the Department of Criminal Justice at Pennsylvania Western University.


With interests in corrections, conflict analysis, criminological theory, veterans’ affairs, militarism, and qualitative research, Dr. Roberts regularly teaches courses—and supervises graduate research—in correctional systems, media violence, white collar crime, research methods, and conflict resolution. Previously employed by the Department of Corrections in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he served on a state-wide committee on solitary confinement and taught at SCI-Greene and SCI-Fayette. Consultantships include having been recruited as an expert witness by the Federal Litigation Clinic at Duquesne University and serving as an educational consultant for the U.S. Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources program, where he previously worked full time as an instructional specialist following his honorable discharge from the Army National Guard.


Dr. Roberts holds professional certifications in areas as diverse as CPR/basic first aid, conflict analysis, interfaith conflict resolution, homeland security, and information technology. Most recent among these is his certification as a digital forensics investigator using the AccessData FTK toolkit.


Having served as a chair, discussant, presenter, and panelist at several annual academic conferences, Dr. Roberts has held memberships in the American Society of Criminology, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Pennsylvania Prison Society, the American Sociological Association, the Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole, and Corrections, and the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence (Division 48 of the APA). At Penn West, he has served on the University-wide Curriculum Committee, the General Education Committee, the University-wide Promotion Committee, the Student Conduct Board, the Oral History Advisory Committee, the Dissertation Support Group, and numerous departmental committees.  

Dr. Roberts enjoys splitting his personal time between rural and urban living as well as collecting vinyl records and playing guitar.

  • A.S.B. Computer Information Systems: Fortis Institute
  • B.A. Liberal Studies: PennWest California
  • B.S. Science and Technology: PennWest California
  • M.S. Law and Public Policy: PennWest California
  • M.A. Criminology: Indiana University fo Pennsylvania
  • Ph.D. Social Science: Saybrook University

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