Vincent Sacco was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He attended McMaster University with the intention of becoming a mathematician. However, he grew increasingly interested in the social sciences – especially sociology. In 1972, he graduated with a BA in that discipline. He continued to pursue the study of sociology at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta, earning an MA from the former institution in 1973 and a PhD from the latter one in 1980.
Over his career, he has taught at several Canadian universities in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. Since 1984, he has been a member of the Department of Sociology at Queen’s. He has served as Head of Department and in several other administrative positions within and beyond the Department. His teaching and research interests have focused on the study of crimes as complex social events and he has published several books and articles on the subject. He also teaches courses in research methodology and collective behaviour. Professor Sacco has appeared as an expert witness in both courtrooms and before Parliamentary committees. He has also served as a consultant to several national surveys of victims. He has served as chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s scholarship selection committee and recently, he was a member of the National Experts Panel on research ethics. A dedicated teacher of undergraduate and graduate students, he has won or been nominated for several awards over his career.
During his first year as an undergraduate student, he met and married (ten years later) his wife, Tiia, who was pursuing degrees in Sociology and Social Work. Their children, Katherin and Daniel, have graduate degrees in Social Work and Fine Arts, respectively and both live in Toronto.