July 28, 2003

Margaret Zahn Named Director of Crime, Justice Policy, Behavior Program

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Margaret Zahn (zahn.jpg)
Margaret Zahn

Research Triangle Park, NC -- Dr. Margaret Zahn has joined RTI as the director of RTI International's Crime, Justice Policy, and Behavior Program. Dr. Zahn is a nationally renowned criminologist whose research focuses on violence and homicide in the United States.

"Having a leader of Marge's professional stature in crime and justice research is a tremendous benefit for RTI and promises to strengthen even more an unusually successful program that is vital to our mission of improving the human condition," said Al Miedema, Vice President of RTI's Health, Social, and Economics Research unit.

Dr. Zahn comes to RTI from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was director of the Violence and Victimization Division. In this role, she co-led the Task Force on Social Science Studies of Terrorism and directed a $35 million portfolio on studies of violence.

Prior to her service with the Department of Justice, Dr. Zahn was the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a professor of sociology at N.C. State University for six years. She continues to serve as an N.C. State professor of sociology and will facilitate partnerships between RTI and the social sciences at the university. Dr. Zahn has also held professor and administrative positions at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Northern Arizona University, and Temple University.

Dr. Zahn earned a bachelor's degree in social administration and a master's degree and doctorate in sociology from Ohio State University. She served as the president of American Society of Criminology from 1997 to 1998 and was elected a fellow in 1998.

RTI established a dedicated Crime, Justice Policy, and Behavior Program in 2000. The program currently has more than 25 staff with professional backgrounds in criminology, economics, psychology, public health, and sociology. In addition, the program draws on research staff from across RTI to perform complex, multidisciplinary projects. Substantive work within the program includes criminal and delinquent behavior, corrections, substance use, juvenile justice, violence, terrorism, and prevention.