Faculty Profile

Peter Venturelli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chair

College of Arts & Sciences, Rm. 335


I have been a faculty member at Valparaiso University for over 21 years.  Valparaiso University is home to me and I continually experience that my teaching, researching, and administrative work is stimulating and rewrding.  I have consistently stayed here at this university largely because of the superior quality of Valpo's faculty, students, administrators, and its warm and spiritually inspiring ambiance.


Ph.D. in Sociology - University of Chicago 1981
M.A. in Sociology - University of Chicago 1978
B.A. in Sociology and Psychology - Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois 1972

Research Interests

Drug Use and Abuse in Society
Social Psychology of Urban Life Race and Ethnicity Deviance and Social Control Urban Sociology Qualitative Methods Urban Community Studies Juvenile Delinquency


  • “Drugs in Schools: Myths and Realities", In Drugs, Crime & Justice: Contemporary Perspectives, 2nd Edition, 2003 
  • “Do the Current Social and Psychological Theories Really Explain the Initial Causes of Drug Abuse?”, Interrogating Social Justice: Politics, Culture, and Identity., 1999 
  • “Drugs, A Social Taxonomy of.”, Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, Volume Four, 2000 
  • “Drugs in Schools: Myths and Reality.”, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 567 1030., January, 2000 
  • "Tuscan American Families.”, Family and Community, 1983 
  • "Institutions in an Ethnic District.", Human Organization 41, 1982 


  • Drugs and Society, 2nd through 10th Editions
    - Glen Hanson, Peter J. Venturelli, and Annette Fleckenstein, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc 2008
  • Drug Use in America: Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives
    -  Jones and Barlett Publishers, Inc. 1994