Dr. Nikolas Roberts

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology


Dr. Nikolas C. Roberts is an assistant professor of criminology and conflict resolution with academic interests in prison education, conflict analysis, criminological theory, militarism, veterans affairs, national security, and qualitative research (particularly grounded theory, oral history, narrative inquiry, and phenomenology).


He supervises doctoral research and regularly teaches courses in correctional systems, media violence, white collar crime, research methods, intercultural and international conflict resolution, and leadership studies. Previously employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Dr. Roberts served on a state-wide violence reduction committee on solitary confinement and taught GED, business education, and reentry courses to inmates. Beforehand, he worked on a U.S. Library of Congress educational outreach program as an educational consultant and instructional specialist.


After completing a semester abroad at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Roberts earned his M.S. in Law and Public Policy from PennWest California, complementing his B.A. and B.S. from the same institution. He holds an M.A. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a social science Ph.D. from Saybrook University. Additionally, Dr. Roberts holds a number of certifications in disciplines as diverse as conflict resolution, homeland security, and information technology. Most recent among these is his digital forensics investigator certification using the AccessData FTK toolkit.


Dr. Roberts has been recruited to serve as an expert witness in corrections and is an active participant and member of various scholarly organizations, such as the American Society of Criminology, the Midwest Political Science Association, and Division 48 of the American Psychological Association.


Honorably discharged from the Army National Guard, Dr. Roberts volunteers his time on veterans issues, collects vinyl records, and plays guitar. He met his wife at PennWest California when they were both undergraduates. They split their time between Pittsburgh and Greene County and have two children enrolled in a magnet elementary school.

  • B.A.: PennWest California
  • B.S.: PennWest California
  • M.S. Law and Public Policy: PennWest California
  • M.A. Criminology: IUP
  • Ph.D. Social Science: Saybrook University

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