Faculty Profile

Peter Venturelli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

College of Arts & Sciences, Rm. 335


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


  • Generational Differences in an Ethnic Community, Reconstructing Italians in Chicago: Thirty Authors in Search of Roots and Branches, Press Proof Printing, Chicago, IL, pp. 277-300, 2011  (Dominic Candeloro and Fred L. Gardaphe', Editors.)
  • Drugs in Schools: Myths and Realities,  Drugs, Crime & Justice: Contemporary Perspectives, 2nd Edition, Waveland Press, Inc., pp. 352-367, 2003  (Larry K Gaines and Peter B. Kraska, Editors)
  • Drugs, A Social Taxonomy of., Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, Volume Four, Self Destructive Behavior and Disvalued Identity., Blacksburg, VA: Taylor and Francis Publishers, pp. 203-215, 2000.   (Charles E. Faupel and Paul M. Roman, Editors.)
  • Drugs in Schools: Myths and Reality., The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 567. , Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., pp. 72-87, 2000.  (William Hinkle and Stuart Henry, Editors.)
  • Do the CurrenSocial and Psychological Theories Really Explain the Initial Causes of Drug Abuse, Interrogating Social Justice: Politics, Culture, and Identity., Toronto, Canada: Canadian Scholars Press, pp. 203-215, 1999.   (Marilyn Corsianos and Kelly Amanda Train, Editors.)
  • Tuscan American Families., Family and Community, Staten Island, NY: American-Italian Historical Association, pp. 69-80, 1983.   (Richard Juliani, Editor. )
  • Institutions in an Ethnic District., Human Organization 41, pp. 26-35, 1982. ,  


  • Drugs and Society, 12th Edition.
    - Co-Authored with Glen Hanson and Annette Fleckenstein Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning 2014
  • Drugs and Society, 2nd through 11th Editions
    - Co-Authored with Glen Hanson and Annette Fleckenstein Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning 1988-2008
  • Drug Use in America: Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives.
    -  Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning 1994

Professional Affiliations

  • The Baldwin Research Institute
    Member of the Board of Directors, Amsterdam, NY, 2012-2017.