Nathan E. Kruis

Nathan Kruis
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
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Nathan E. Kruis, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Penn State Altoona with a specialization in drug policy and substance use addiction. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, Dr. Kruis received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State Altoona and earned both his master’s and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kruis currently serves as Director-at-Large for the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), as Vice President for the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (PACJE), and is a member of the Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Prison Society (PPS). He is also a Research Associate for the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research at Penn State Harrisburg and adviser for both Penn State Altoona’s Criminal Justice Organization (CJO) and Penn State Altoona’s criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), as well as co-director of the Integrated Social Science Research Lab (ISSRL) at Penn State Altoona.

Dr. Kruis has authored and co-authored more than forty peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals, including Crime & Delinquency, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Journal of Criminal Justice, Policing & Society, Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Police Quarterly, Journal of Drug Issues, and Substance Use and Misuse. He has been awarded the Michael Braswell/Routledge Outstanding Student Dissertation Award (2020) from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the Roslyn Muraskin Emerging Scholar Award (2021) from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS), and the CJPR-NEACJS Policy Paper Award (2021) from the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) for the best policy paper written in 2021. Recently, he was also awarded both the Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award (2023) and Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Mentoring Award (2023) at Penn State Altoona.

Research interests include the following:

  • Stigma and drug use
  • Policing
    Criminological theory
  • Criminal justice pedagogy