July 2, 2004
Roger J.R. Levesque, a graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, was recently honored with the "Best Authored Book Award" by the Society for Research on Adolescence for his book Not by Faith Alone: Religion, Law, and Adolescence (New York University Press, 2002).
Levesque graduated from UMFK in 1984 with an associate of arts degree in criminal justice. He also received a bachelor of science degree in both English and social science in 1986.
In 1992, Levesque received the Outstanding Alumni Award which is presented to Alumni of UMFK who have excelled in their chosen career and for their service to their alma mater and the community.
The Society for Research on Adolescence is an international organization committed to the further understanding of adolescence. The award, presented by the society, acknowledges books that play a role in the advancement of this understanding.
Levesque's book, Not by Faith Alone, takes an in-depth look at religious faith in the development of adolescents.
Levesque became interested in the study of adolescence and more specifically the topic of violence in youth while in Fort Kent, where he started his research at the local high school.
"The legal system has a problem with the adolescent category because they are no longer children but they aren't yet considered adults," said Levesque.
After graduation from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Levesque received his PhD in cultural psychology from the University of Chicago in 1990.
In 1993 he was awarded his Juris Doctor from Columbia University. He taught at Indiana University then to the University of Arizona's School of Law.
In 2002 Levesque returned to Indiana University on the Bloomington campus as a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. In regards to his move back to Indiana University, Levesque said, "It feels more like home (Maine) in Indiana."
Levesque's most recent books include Model Adolescents: Shaping the Role and Promise of Education, Adolescents, Sex, and the Law: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Citizenship, and Dangerous Adolescents.