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George Richards

Dr. George Richards Biographical Sketch

Dr. George Richards is an associate professor of criminal justice and has been teaching since 1994. He is in his 13th year of service to Edinboro University in the Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies.

Dr. Richards’ maintains an active research agenda that now focuses primarily on crime prevention in schools and mental illness among criminal justice practitioners. He has published in several peer-reviewed and popular publications, among these being Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, The Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, and The American School Board Journal.

In 2010, he was named Edinboro University’s “Educator of the Year.” In 2003, he earned board certification in security management when he received the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation from the American Society for Industrial Security. Richards’ degrees are as follows: Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Berea College, the Master of Science degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville, and earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Administration and Urban Studies from the University of Akron.

Dr. Richards founded the Edinboro University Paranormal Society (EUPS) in February 2015. It has since become one of the largest and most active campus groups at Edinboro University. The EUPS has conducted investigations both locally and regionally with the two most recent being at Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky and the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia. Richards routinely lectures on aspects of the occult at conferences. He is particularly interested in how aspects of the occult are used by criminals in the perpetration and rationalization of crime. During the Summer 2016 semester, he taught a graduate course for the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville titled “Occult Crime.”