Oren M. Gur, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice
Office Phone: 215-881-7904
Office Location: Sutherland, 310d

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CRIMJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIMJ 210 Policing in America
CRIMJ 415 Drug Control Policy in Comparative Perspective
CRIMJ 450w Senior Seminar on Criminal Justice Policy: Problem-Solving
CRIMJ 497 Special Topics: The Death Penalty and Juvenile Life Without Parole


Substance use
Pretrial supervision
Interpersonal violence
Criminal justice technologies
Research methods
Neutralization theory


Youth Execution Research Team
Policing in Montgomery County
Drug Overdoses in Montgomery County


“Degrees of separation: Drug use by graduate and professional school students.”
Students attending graduate and professional school use psychoactive substances, but are rarely stigmatized through criminalization. Accounts of early and recent use highlight how privilege and professional socialization influence substance use practice and discourse.


Berko, A., Erez, E., Gur, O.M. (2017). Terrorism as self-help: Accounts of Palestinian youth incarcerated in Israeli prisons. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 33(3), 313-340. DOI 10.1177/1043986217699101

Gur, O.M., Ibarra, P.R., Erez, E. Specialization and the use of GPS for domestic violence by pretrial programs: Findings from a national survey of U.S. practitioners [Special issue]​. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 34(1), 32-62. DOI 10.1080/15228835.2016.1139418    

Moore, T.M., Martin, I.K., Gur, O.M., Jackson, C.T., Scott, J. Cobb, Calkins, M.E., Ruparel, K., Port, A.M., Nivar, I., Krinsky, H.D., Gur, R.E., & Gur, R.C. (2016). Characterizing social environment’s association with neurocognition using census and crime data linked to the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort. Psychological Medicine, 46(3), 599-610.

Erez, E., Ibarra, P.R., Gur, O.M. (2015). At the intersection of private and political conflict zones: Policing domestic violence in the Arab community in Israel. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 59(9), 930-963.

Ibarra, P.R., Gur, O.M., Erez, E. (2014). Surveillance as casework: Supervising domestic violence defendants with GPS technology [Special issue]. Crime, Law and Social Change, 62(4), 417-44.

Erez, E., Ibarra, P.R., Gur, O.M. (2013). Using GPS in domestic violence cases: Lessons from a study of pretrial programs. Journal of Offender Monitoring, 25(1), 5-10.

Erez, E., Ibarra, P.R., Bales, W., Gur, O.M. (2012). GPS monitoring technologies and domestic violence: An evaluation study. A report submitted to the National Institute of Justice, Washington D.C. Available:www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/238910.pdf.

Gur, O.M. (2010). Persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system: Police interventions to prevent violence and criminalization. Journal of Police Crisis Negotiations, 10, 220-240.


Gur, R.C., Gur, O.M. (2015). Linking brain and behavioral measures in the medical-legal context. In R.L. Sadoff (Ed.), Forensic Psychiatry: Historical Review, Current Developments, Future Directions (pgs. 295-311). NY, NY: Oxford University Press.

Erez, E., Ibarra, P. R., Gur, O.M. (2013). Policing domestic violence in the Arab community in Israel: Meanings and consequences. In U. Gopher and G. Ben-Porat (Eds.), Policing a Divided Society (Chapter 11). Haifa, Israel: Pardes Publishing House with Abraham Foundation.


2017 Summer Faculty Research Fellow ($4,000)
The Pennsylvania State University, Abington College

2016–2017 Chancellor's Grant ($5,000)
The Pennsylvania State University, Abington College

2016–2017 Course Development Award, Civic & Community Engagement ($500)
The Pennsylvania State University, Abington College

2015 Summer Faculty Research Fellow ($4,000)
The Pennsylvania State University, Abington College

2014 Dean’s Scholar Award, Dissertation ($25,000, declined)
Graduate College, University of Illinois at Chicago

2014 Summer Graduate Research Grant ($1,000)
Jewish Studies Program, University of Illinois at Chicago


2016-2017 Annie Dinh, Melaney Santana, and Nusrat Jahan, "Drug, set, and setting: Accidental overdoses among young adults in Montgomery County, PA" (Honorable Mention, Division of Social Sciences)

2016-2016 A’la Streater, Centia Thomas, and Taylor Miller, "The decision to shoot: Is it only skin deep?" (Honorable Mention, Division of Social Sciences)

2016-2017 Natalie Martino and Joseph Gregory, “'Dude, where’s my bike rack?': Preventing bicycle theft at Penn State Abington" (Honorable Mention, Literacy Information Award.)

2015-2016 Rufus James and Kimberly Pessoa, "Capital punishment for offenses committed by youth: A population-based analysis."

2014-2015 Anthony Scaringelli, “Crime Mapping: Predicting Shootings in Trenton, New Jersey” (Winner, Division of Social Sciences)