Robert L. Peralta, Ph.D.

Robert L. Peralta, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Sociology
Office: Olin Hall 260
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Dr. Peralta is a tenured Associate Professor of Sociology.  He earned his BA in Psychology at the University of New Mexico and his MA and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Delaware.  Dr. Peralta went on to hold a Post-Doctoral Position at The University of Wisconsin, in the Department of Family Medicine and then served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Justice, Law, and Society Department at American University in Washington DC before coming to UA. 

The overarching aim of Dr. Peralta’s current research is to address health-risk behavior and health disparities experienced by traditionally underserved and understudied groups via both qualitative and quantitative methods.  Specifically, Dr. Peralta’s past and current work relies on testing criminological and sociological theories to better understand the onset and development of heavy episodic drinking behavior, other substance use-behavior, interpersonal violence and HIV-Risk behavior.  To date, Dr. Peralta has published over 17 peer reviewed articles that examine the influence of sociological phenomena - such as gender socialization (i.e., attitudes, beliefs, gendered characteristics, and expectations of what it means to be male or female) and racial socialization (i.e., racial consciousness, racial/ethnic group attachment) - on alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence among diverse populations. Qualitative inquiries into the process of marginalization and stigma across four domains (HIV/AIDS, interpersonal violence, sexualities, and substance abuse) and the impact of gender and racial socialization on substance use, HIV-Risk, and interpersonal violence are the focus of his current research.

Dr. Peralta’s long term research goals include conducting gender-informed translational research to inform and enhance substance use prevention, treatment and interventions targeting at-risk adolescents and young adults.

Research Accomplishments

Dr. Peralta has been awarded three Faculty Research Grants from the University of Akron: “Unraveling the Embodied Meaning of Crime and Deviance Categorization: A Qualitative Study of Attributions Toward and Characterizations of Discredited Behavior and Identities.”  (Faculty Research Grant (FRG) # 1735); “Alcohol Use among College Youth: The Impact of Race and Gender.” (FRG #1667); “Alcohol-Related Intimate Partner Violence within High Risk Populations: Implications for Health Disparity Research” (FRG #1613).

In 2012, he was selected to be a Fellow in the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) R25 Early Career Mentoring Program and has been the recipient of a number of research travel awards including a NHSN R25 Travel Award to Attend the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse meetings in San Diego and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence conference in Palm Springs, CA in 2012.   In 2005 he was inducted into the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) on Drug Abuse as a Research Scientist member of the NHSN.

Some of his publications appear at: Violence and Victims, Violence Against Women, The Journal of Health and Social Behavior; The Journal of Drug Issues; Sex Roles; The Journal of Men’s Studies; The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice; Contemporary Drug Problems, Substance Use and Misuse, Gender Issues, The Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, Sociology Compass, and Deviant Behavior.


2015    González-forteza, Catalina, Alicia Edith, Hermosillo De, María De Los Ángeles Vacio-muro,Robert Peralta, and Fernando A Wagner. 2015. “Depression among Adolescents. A Hidden Problem for Public Health and Clinical Practice.” Médico, Boletín 72 (2): 149–155.

2015    *Meghan Novisky and Robert L. Peralta.   “When Women Tell: Intimate Partner Violence and the Factors Which Influence Police Notification.” Violence Against Women 21(1): 65-86. (*Graduate student at Kent State University, Sociology).

2014      Robert Peralta. “Alcohol allows you to not be yourself:  Toward a structured understanding of alcohol use and gender difference among gay, lesbian and heterosexual youth.” In The American Drug Scene: Readings in a Global Context by James Inciardi & Karen McElrath (Oxford, 7th edition) [Reprint].

2013      Robert L. Peralta and *Lori A. Tuttle. “Male Perpetrators of Heterosexual-Partner-Violence: The Role of Threats to Masculinity.” Journal of Men’s Studies 21(3):255-276.

2012      Robert L. Peralta. “College Alcohol Use and the Embodiment of Hegemonic Masculinity among European American Men.” In Drugs and the American Dream by Patti Adler, Peter Adler, & Patrick O’Brien (eds.) Pp. 152-160; Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-0-470-67027-9. (Modified Reprint of “College Alcohol Use and the Embodiment of Hegemonic Masculinity among European American Men.” Sex Roles 56: 741-756).


Ph.D. 2002 Sociology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
M.A. 1998 Sociology, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.
B.A. 1996 Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Dr. Peralta regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses which include: Social Inequalities, Deviant Behavior (graduate and undergraduate levels), Criminology, and Violence and Victims (graduate level). Dr. Peralta is also the Internship Coordinator and the Sociology Club Advisor.