Leon Edward Pettiway
Leon E. Pettiway, (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), is Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington. During his academic career, his research focused on the integration of geographical and criminological theories to explain patterns of crime in urban areas, and he has published a series of articles on the impact of ghettoization on patterns of crime participation, the role of environmental and individual factors in arson, the relationship between an individual's drug use and criminal participation with respect to the formation of crime partnerships, and the criminal decision-making process of addicts and nonusers in light of various environmental cues.
Upon the conclusion of a major field research project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, he completed Honey, Honey, Miss Thang: Being Black, Gay, and on the Streets (Temple University Press) which examined the lives of drug addicted, gay transvestites who commit a variety of crimes and Workin' It: Women Living Through Drugs and Crime (Temple University Press) which chronicled the drug use and crime participation of a group of inner-city women. Before his retirement, his intellectual work centered on the construction of knowledge and the manner in which Eastern and Western philosophical traditions might be integrated into criminological discourse and criminal justice practice. In that regard, he is among only a handful of African-American males who is a full-ordained Buddhist monk in the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In retirement, he focuses his attention on his spiritual practice and writing.