Dr. Ralph A. Weisheit is a Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Illinois State University. He is the author of eight books, including Methamphetamine: Its History, Pharmacology, and Treatment (co-authored with William L. White), and Domestic Marijuana: A Neglected Industry. In addition to his research on illicit drugs, Dr. Weisheit has conducted extensive research on rural crime and rural justice. He has published more than 40 journal articles, and numerous book chapters and solicited essays.
102Individuals, Society, And Justice
I very much enjoy teaching our freshman-level course on general justice because it covers a wide-ranging area beyond traditional criminal justice. It includes such topics as contemporary slavery, contemporary genocide, the use of child soldiers, and the link between justice and the environment -- to name only a few. I also very much enjoy teaching an upper-level course on alcohol, drugs and crime.
I have conducted research in a number of areas, however, there are two primary areas of research interest:
(1) the link between substance abuse and crime
(2) rural crime and justice.