Freda Adler

Title: Director of MS Criminology
Company: University of Pennsylvania
Location: New York, New York, United States

Freda Adler, Director of MS Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminology.

With more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Adler has been Director of MS Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania since 2009, where she has also been a visiting professor since 2008. Prior to obtaining her current roles, she held a number of positions with Rutgers University, including as distinguished professor from 1982 to 2006, acting dean of criminal justice from 1986 to 1987, professor from 1979 to 1982, and associate professor from 1974 to 1979.

From 1972 to 1974, Dr. Adler was an assistant professor and research director on drug and alcohol abuse at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and she was a research coordinator at the Addiction Science Center from 1971 to 1972. Earlier in her career, she was an instructor with Temple University in 1971.

Dr. Adler began her career as a student at the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. She continued her studies with the school, completing a Master of Arts in 1968, later earning a PhD in 1971. She also holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters with the University of Scranton. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, she experienced the protest culture and unrest of that era which, although unsettling, was also greatly exciting. It inspired her to think critically about what was happening in society, particularly the criminal aspect, and how she could help improve things. She was also determined to help break the glass ceiling of the traditionally male-dominated field of criminology. She decided later to become an educator, because university life was a snapshot of young democracy in action.

Dr. Adler has been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women. On top of all her endeavors, Dr. Adler is proud of the close personal ties and relationships she has grown and maintained with former students. Furthermore, she has received such awards as the Herbert Bloch Award, and been recognized as a Distinguished Scholar and fellow with many organizations.

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