Fisher College Faculty

Peter Cassino, Ph.D.
Assistant professor and faculty researcher
center for leadership in public service
Program: criminal justice

Contact information
Office Location: 108 Beacon Street, 5th Floor

  • B.A., Sociology, Plymouth State University
  • M.A., Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts–Lowell
  • P.h.D., Sociology, Specialization in Criminology, Northeastern University


Dr. Cassino began at Fisher College in the fall of 2012. He is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and a faculty researcher at the Center for Leadership in Public Service (CLPS). As an Assistant Professor Dr. Cassino teaches an array of the Criminal Justice curriculum as well as Sociology electives. Moreover, he specializes in teaching courses in criminology and theory, research methods, and analytical analysis. As a Faculty Researcher for the CLPS he writes grant applications and conducts research on grant funded projects.

Current research interests are in the areas of traffic safety, school safety, criminological theory, the American dream, crime and deviance, and hate crime. Currently Dr. Cassino is working on a grant funded project called: Predictive Traffic Analytics using MassTRAC data. A goal of this project is to provide the commonwealth of Massachusetts information on the quality of their traffic accident and citation data. A further goal of this project is to build an analytical model as a means of demonstrating to the Commonwealth how their traffic safety data can be used to drive policy making. Furthermore, Dr. Cassino is working on projects in the areas of personality, social control and aggressive driving, hate crime data, and crime and the American dream.

Teaching Philosophy

As a professor, I feel my approach to learning is aligned with Fisher’s mission. I mentor students by connecting curriculum to real‐world applications and incorporate skills such as critical thinking in ways they can comprehend. I believe a student needs to graduate college with a sense of professionalism and social awareness, both of which are modeled but not necessarily learned through curriculum. Furthermore, I think that today’s students benefit from classroom experiences tailored to their needs. Thus, I strive to understand my students as individuals with unique learning styles. In the end, I hope to inspire them to become globally‐minded citizens who respect the value of life‐long learning.

Recent Research Conference Publications

Cassino, P., Bibel D., Guay, V., & Wagner, A (2013). "An Analysis of Massachusetts Hate Crime Data: The Association Between Offenses and the characteristics of the Crime," a paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference

Cassino, P.P. (2010) “A Content Analysis: The Print Media Got it Right in The End,” a paper presented at the New England Sociological Association Conference.

Cassino, P.P. (2008) “The Media, the Public, and Politicians: How They Reacted to the Crime Wave of the Late 1980s and Early 1990s,” a paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference

Cassino, P.P. (2007) “How the Federal Weed and Seed Program Led to Local Crime Prevention Initiatives,” a paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference

Grant Support

"Predictive Traffic Analytics using MassTRAC data," amount of award: $157,000, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, faculty researcher, 1/15/2012 - 12/31/2013


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