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.


Robert L. Peralta and Lori Tuttle. “Male Perpetrators of Heterosexual-Partner-Violence: The Role of Threats to Masculinity.” Forthcoming, Journal of Men’s Studies.

2011                Jennifer L.  Steele, Robert L. Peralta, and Cheryl Elman. “The Co-Ingestion of Nonmedical Prescription Drugs and Alcohol: A Partial Test of Social Learning Theory.” Journal of Drug Issues 41/4: 561-586.

2011                Robert L. Peralta and Dani Jauk.  “A Brief Feminist Review & Critique of the Sociology of Alcohol-Use and Substance-Abuse Treatment Approaches.” Sociology Compass 5/10: 882-897.

2011                Robert L. Peralta, Valerie J. Callanan, Jennifer L. Steele, and Lia Chervenak Wiley. “The Effects of Gender Identity and Heavy Episodic Drinking on Alcohol-Related Violence.”  Gender Issues 28(3): 111-133 (Funded by The University of Akron, FRG 1667).

2010                Robert L. Peralta.  “Raced and Gendered Reactions to the Deviance of Drinking: A Sociological Analysis of Race and Gender Disparities in Alcohol Use.” Contemporary Drug Problems 37/fall: 381-415.

2010                Robert L. Peralta, Jennifer L. Steele, Stacey Nofziger, and Michael Rickles.“The Impact of Gender on Binge Drinking Behavior among American College Students Attending a Midwestern University: An Analysis of Two Gender Measures.” Feminist Criminology 5(4): 355-379 (Funded by The University of Akron, FRG 1667).

2010                Robert L. Peralta, Lori Tuttle and Jennifer L. Steele.  “At the Intersection of Interpersonal Violence, Masculinity, and Alcohol Use: The Experiences of Heterosexual Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence." Violence Against Women 16(4): 387-409 (funded by The University of Akron, FRG 1613).-Nominated by the VAW editorial board for the 2010 Best Article Award    

2010                Robert L. Peralta and Jennifer L. Steele.  “Non-Medical Prescription Drug Use among College Students at a U.S. Midwest University: A Partial Test of Social Learning Theory.” Substance Use and Misuse 45: 865-887.  

2009                C. André Christie-Mizell and Robert L. Peralta.  “The Gender Gap in Alcohol Consumption during Late Adolescence and Young Adulthood: Gendered Attitudes and Adult Roles.” The Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50: 410-426.

2009                Robert L. Peralta and Jennifer L. Steele.  “On Drinking Styles and Race: A Consideration of the Socio-Structural Determinants of Alcohol Use Behavior.” Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse 8 (2): 146-162 (funded by The University of Akron, FRG 1667).

2008                Robert L. Peralta. ““Alcohol Allows You to Not be Yourself:” Toward a Structured Understanding of Alcohol Use and Gender Difference among Gay, Lesbian and Heterosexual Youth. Journal of Drug Issues 38: 373-400.

2007                Robert L. Peralta. “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).