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Dr. Valerio Baćak

Assistant Professor


University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., Sociology, 2015; A.M., Statistics (Wharton School), 2014; M.A., Sociology, 2008; University of Oxford, M.Sc., Sociology, 2008; University of Zagreb, B.A., Sociology, 2007


Valerio Baćak joined the faculty in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in 2015. His main research interest is in understanding how offending and contact with the criminal justice system are related to health. His other lines of research include youth sexuality, health disparities, and social epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among sex workers, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men. Originally from Croatia, Valerio has extensive international experience conducting research in resource-limited settings. Since 2005, he consulted on public health projects for various United Nations organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, West Bank and Gaza, and Iraq. His studies have appeared in journals across disciplines, such as Social Problems, Social Science and Medicine, and Archives of Sexual Behavior. Valerio received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.