Robert D'Ovidio, PhD

Associate Dean, Humanities and Social Science Research; Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology & Justice Studies

Robert D'Ovidio

Office: PSA 203
Phone: 215.895.1803



  • PhD, Criminal Justice, Temple University, 2005

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Computer and High Technology Crime
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Policing
  • Transnational Crime
  • Criminological Theory


Rob D'Ovidio, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences. He teaches and does research in the areas of computer crime, digital investigations, and computer security. Professor D'Ovidio has received funding from the National Institute of Justice, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the U.S. Department of Education to support his research. His current research looks at the connection between virtual currencies in video games and electronic fraud and the notification process that follows computer network breaches and data thefts. His favorite courses to teach at Drexel are Introduction to Computer Crime and Surveillance, Technology, and the Law. D'Ovidio is a member of the American Society of Criminology and sits on the Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He provides regular commentary for media outlets on news stories pertaining to computer crime, Internet safety, identity theft, and electronic surveillance. Professor D'Ovidio received his PhD in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

Selected Publications

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Jenkins, A., Anandarajan, M., & D'Ovidio, R. (2014). ‘All that Glitters is not Gold’: The Role of Impression Management in Data Breach Notification. Western Journal of Communication, 78(3): 337-357.
  • Anandarajan, M., D’Ovidio, R., and Jenkins, A. (2013). Safeguarding consumers against identity-related fraud: examining data breach notification legislation through the lens of routine activities theory. International Data Privacy Law, 3(1): 51-60.
  • Podhradsky, A, D’Ovidio, R., Engebretson, P., and Casey, C. (2013). Xbox 360 Hoaxes, Social Engineering, and Gamertag Exploits. In System Sciences (HICSS), 2013 46th Hawaii International Conference on (pp. 3239-3250). IEEE.
  • Podhradsky, A., D'Ovidio, R., Engebretson, P., and Casey, C. (2013). "Xbox 360: Mapping Investigative Data." Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime.
  • Anandarajan, M., Paravasta, N., Arinze, B., and D’Ovidio, R. (2012).  Online Identity Theft: A Longitudinal Study of Individual Threat-Response and Coping Behaviors. Journal of Information System Security, 8(2): 43-69.
  • Podhradsky, A., D’Ovidio, R., Casey, C. (2012). The Xbox 360 and Steganography: How Criminals and Terrorists could be “Going Dark. Proceedings of the Conference on Digital Forensics, Security and Law. ISSN: 1931-7379, pp. 33-52.
  • Anandarajan, M, Simmers, C., and D’Ovidio, R. (2011). Exploring the Underlying Structure of Personal Web Usage in the Workplace. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(10): 577-583.
  • Podhradsky, A.L., D'Ovidio, R, and Casey, C. (2011). Identity Theft and Used Gaming Consoles: Recovering Personal Information from Xbox 360 Hard Drives. Americas Conference on Information Systems 2011 Proceedings. Paper 54.
  • Podhradsky, A.L., D’Ovidio, R., and Casey, C. (2011). A Practitioners Guide to the Forensic Investigation of Xbox 360 Gaming Consoles. Proceedings of the Conference on Digital Forensics, Security, and Law. ISSN 1931-7379, pp. 173-191.
  • D’Ovidio, R., Mitman, T., El-Burke, I. and Shumar, W. (2011). Adult-Child Sex Advocacy Websites as Learning Environments for Crime. In K. Jaishankar (Ed.), Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior. (pp. 103-126). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.