Ilir Disha

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice


Office: N662

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Phone: 212-220-8000 ext 5332

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I am from Albania, a small country North of Greece and East of Italy in the Mediterranean sea. I arrived to the United States via the Diversity Visa Lottery program in 1997. My family and I initially settled in Tampa, Florida. I did most of the schooling in Tampa. I started at Hillsborough County Community College (HCC), from where I earned an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. Afterwards, I transferred to a liberal arts college, at the University of Tampa, from where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. These two degrees provided a good foundation for sociology. Therefore, the next step was to continue with graduate work. I completed the Masters of Arts program in Sociology from the University of South Florida (USF). Then, I applied and was accepted as a graduate student in the doctorate program of Sociology at SUNY, Albany. I earned my doctorate degree in 2014 with specialization on immigration and crime.


Race and Ethnicity, Immigration Studies, Criminology


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