William E. Harver

William E. Harver, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Criminal Justice

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Criminology (1995)
    University of Delaware (DE)

About Me

My expertise is in policing, though I also teach courses in corrections, white collar crime, and criminal violence. I have a deep interest in the Northern Plains Indians, especially the Lakota Oyate, and I am conducting research on crime and criminal justice in Indian country. I also created a course on American Indians and criminal justice, using my personal research experience and other Indian country experiences as the class foundation.

After a career in urban policing and two years as director of security at a Philadelphia college, I began working on a PhD in criminology at the University of Delaware. Post graduation, I taught and conducted research at the university before coming to Widener in September 1999.

Research Interests

My research interests are in police and policing, but most recently I have united those with a focus on American Indians. My current focus is on the impact of traditional Indian culture on crime and criminal justice in Indian country.

I have made several visits to a South Dakota reservation to collect interview data. I worked on the original Measuring Police Integrity study (Police Corruption in Thirty Agencies in the United States, 1997 (ICPSR 2629)), and I also worked on the NIJ-sponsored follow-up research, which involved studying the organizational attributes of three agencies of high integrity. I replicated the original study in a southeastern police agency. I was involved in questionnaire construction and focus group interviews in all three projects, as well as evaluation and discussion of study results.


  • Kortsarts, Y., & Harver, W.E. (2007). Introduction to computer forensics for non-majors. In The Proceedings of ISECON. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Harver, W.E. (2005). Doing the right thing: Continuing the measurement of police integrity. National Social Science Journal, 24(2).
  • Markowitz, M.W., & Harver, W.E. (2003). Public sentiment on the death penalty: Do race, gender, age, & state of mind matter?. National Social Science Journal, 21(1), 64–77.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), American Society of Criminology (ASC)


  • Faculty Development Grant (2012–2013)