William Oliver

William Oliver

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

  • wioliver@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-6772
  • Sycamore Hall 321
  • Office Hours
    By Appointment Only


  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice, SUNY-Albany


William Oliver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. His research interests include violence among African American males, domestic violence in the African American community, the impact of incarceration on African Americans and rural crime and justice. Professor Oliver currently serves as lead researcher on the Safe Return Initiative, a research and technical assistance project granted to the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and the Vera Institute of Justice by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women . The primary goal of the Safe Return Initiative is to examine the intersection of prisoner reentry and intimate partner violence in the African American community.


Oliver, W. (2015). Cultural racism and violence in the African-American community. In V. Berry, A. Flemming-Rife, & A. Dayo (eds.), Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues. New York: Peter Lang Publishing: 181-92.

Oliver, W. (2006). The Streets: An Alternative Black Male Socialization Institution,  Journal of Black Studies, 36., pp.918-937

Oliver, W. (2006). The Prevention and Treatment of Interpersonal Violence within the African American Community: Evidence-Based Approaches. New York: Springer. (with R. L. Hampton), pp. 1-15

Oliver, W. (2006).Domestic Violence and Prisoner Reentry-Experiences of African American Men and Women. New York: Vera Institute of Justice