Criminology, Law and Society

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brian Lawton

Brian Lawton

Brian Lawton

Assistant Professor

Geographic correlates of crime, theories and explanations of deviance, police discretion

Professor Lawton's research interests include patterns of crime over both time and place, police discretion and patterns of officer's use of force.  His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Quantitative Journal of Criminology, the Journal of Criminal Justice, among others.  Dr. Lawton received his B.A. from Rhode Island College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University.  While at Temple he worked at several research centers, such as the Center for Public Policy and the Social Science Data Library, and conducted research and taught within the Department of Criminal Justice.  Here he had the opportunity to work with faculty such as Dr. James J. Fyfe and was supervised in his dissertation by Dr. Ralph B. Taylor.  Prior to his appointment at Mason, Dr. Lawton was an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University, where he worked with the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT), and was involved in the Police Chiefs Leadership Training.

Selected Publications

Hyunseok Jang, Larry Hoover and Brian A. Lawton. 2007. "Broken Windows Enforcement and Clearance Rates". Journal of Criminal Justice 36, (6) 529-538.

R. Marie Garcia, Ralph B. Taylor and Brian A. Lawton. 2007. "Impacts of Violent Crime and Neighborhood Structure on Trusting Your Neighbors" Justice Quarterly 24, (4) 679-704.

Ralph B. Taylor, Jerry Ratcliffe, Lillian Dote and Brian Lawton. 2007. "Roles of Neighborhood Race and Status in the Middle Stages of Jury Selection" Journal of Criminal Justice 35, (4) 391-403.

Brian A. Lawton. 2007. "Levels of Nonlethal Force: An examination of individual, situational and contextual factors" Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 44, (2) 163-184.

Brian A. Lawton, Ralph B. Taylor and Anthony J. Luongo. 2005. "Police Officers on Drug Corners in Philadelphia, Drug Crime, and Violent Crime: Intended, Diffusion, and Displacement Impacts" Justice Quarterly 22, (4): 427-451.

Courses Taught

CRIM 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRIM 315 Research Methods and Analysis

CRIM 471 Prevention and Deterrence of Crime

CRIM 491/492 Criminology, Law and Society Honors Seminar

CRIM 782 Statistics I

CRIM 795 Advanced Statistical Modeling