Mario A. Paparozzi


Mario A Paparozzi, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


Dr. Paparozzi is a criminologist, public administrator, and scholar who speaks at conferences nationally and internationally, He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina Pembroke.

For 30 years, Dr. Paparozzi worked at the New Jersey Department of Corrections. He held positions from parole officer trainee through numerous supervisory and management titles including Deputy Interstate Compact Administrator, Assistant Commissioner of Community Programs, and Chairman of The New Jersey State Parole Board. Dr. Paparozzi also worked as an adjunct professor of sociology and criminal justice for 20 years are universities and colleges in New Jersey. 

After retiring from his practitioner career, Dr. Paparozzi accepted a faculty appointment at The College of New Jersey’s Department of Law and Justice, where he also served as the Associate Director of The Criminal Justice Research and Policy Center. 

In 2002, Dr. Paparozzi accepted a position at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His rank was Full Professor. He served as department chair for 15 years in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Paparozzi retired in July, 2023. Paparozzi’s numerous publications are extensively cited by scholars and practitioners.

Dr. Paparozzi holds a Ph.D. and Public Manager Certification from Rutgers University. He has completed numerous training courses related to correctional and social services. 

Dr. Paparozzi has provided numerous keynote addresses, seminars, and professional training in 46 states, Singapore, the District of Columbia, The United Kingdom, Canada, Bermuda, Poland, Germany, and The Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France. He has served as an international judge for the United Kingdom’s International Community Justice Awards Conference hosted by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and the British Home Office. 

Dr. Paparozzi has appeared on several television and radio shows in the United States and Canada, including A&E’s Investigative Reports, NBC’s Dateline, Al Jazeera America, and Geraldo Rivera. He has published op ed articles in major newspapers and has been interviewed by numerous representatives of the print, radio, and television media on topics related to social and criminal justice, government, and other civic-minded issues. 

Dr. Paparozzi founded Local 326 of the New Jersey Policeman’s Benevolent Association, which became the collective bargaining unit for parole officers in New Jersey.