Nik Roberts

Contributing Faculty
College of Psychology and Community Services
M.S. Criminal Justice

Dr. Nik Roberts brings over 20 years of instructional experience to Walden University, having taught a large array of courses across the social sciences and, previously, in information technology. Currently a tenured assistant professor of conflict resolution and criminology in the Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology at Pennsylvania Western University, his major interests include corrections (especially prison education, policy administration, death row and wrongful convictions), militarism, total institution socialization, and qualitative research (especially grounded theory, phenomenology, oral history, and narrative inquiry). Although he has taught in Walden's Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. programs in Criminal Justice, he primarily supervises dissertation research for Ph.D. candidates in Criminal Justice and Public Policy & Administration. Honorably discharged from the Army National Guard, Dr. Roberts previously worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the U.S. Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources program. A certified digital forensics investigator, Dr. Roberts earned his social science Ph.D. from Saybrook University, his M.A. (Criminology) from Indiana University (PA), and his M.S. (Law and Public Policy), B.S., and B.A from California University (PA). He is the author of "The Law Behind the Wall: An American Corrections Anthology" (2024), published by Cognella Academic Publishing.

Courses Taught

CRJS 9000 - Dissertation

PPPA 9000 - Dissertation

CRJS 8351 - Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice

CRJS 2001 - Criminology and Social Control

CRJS 1001 - Contemporary Criminal Justice Systems


PhD, Saybrook University

Post-master's Certificate, Saybrook University

MA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

MS, California University of Pennsylvania

Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

BA, California University of Pennsylvania

BS, California University of Pennsylvania