Eric R. Meyer, PhD

Eric R. Meyer, PhD

Eric R. Meyer, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments


  • Cultural and Social Studies


  • Assistant Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • Medical Humanities

Teaching Activity

  • Crime, Victimization, and Public Health
  • Introduction to Sociology: Self and Society (SOC 101)
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Law and Society (SOC 423)
  • Medicalization of Deviance
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior (SOC 320)


Dr. Eric Meyer researches topics of criminal justice as public health issues, sexual offending and victimization policies, and the use of art to affect social change. His doctoral dissertation was an ethnography within the Nebraska Correctional Youth Facility where he explored the therapeutic climate among and between staff members and inmates. In 2019, Dr. Meyer earned a PhD at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion and Social Behavioral Health. Dr. Meyer is a former police officer with nearly 20 years of experience between two metropolitan law enforcement agencies. Dr. Meyer earned his MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a MA in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago.

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Community violence as a public health issue
    • The use of art to affect social change
    • Sexual offending and victimization policies

Current Research Projects

  • Prison ethnography at a youth correctional facility