Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Before entering academia, he served as the GIS Specialist of the Newark, NJ Police Department, responsible for the day-to-day crime analysis and program evaluation activities of the agency.
Dr. Piza’s research agenda focuses on the spatial analysis of crime patterns, evidence-based policing, crime control technology, and the integration of academic research and police practice. In support of his research, Dr. Piza has received over $2.8 million in outside research grants, including awards from the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Swedish National Council on Crime Prevention, and Charles Koch Foundation.
Dr. Piza has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars organized by government agencies around the world, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, the Carabineros De Chile (The National Police Force of Chile), the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and the United States White House.
His recent scholarship has appeared in journals including Criminology & Public Policy, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Justice Quarterly. He received his PhD from Rutgers University, School of Criminal Justice.