Policing, technology, evidence-based crime policy, translational criminology, crime prevention, evaluation research
Dr. Cynthia Lum is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She researches primarily in the areas of policing, evidence-based crime policy, crime prevention, technology, and translational criminology. Her works in these areas include evaluating the impacts of patrol and detective activities, interventions, and technologies; understanding the translation and receptivity of research in policing; and measuring police proactivity. With Dr. Christopher Koper she has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix (with Cody Telep) and the Matrix Demonstration Projects, translation tools designed to help police practitioners incorporate research into their strategic and tactical portfolios.
Professor Lum is an appointed member of the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) for the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), and has also served on the NAS’s Committee on Proactive Policing as well as its Standing Committee on Traffic Law Enforcement. She is a member of the National Police Foundation Board of Directors, the Research Advisory Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Misdemeanor Justice Project at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and an Executive Counselor for the American Society of Criminology. She is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine and the Springer Series on Translational Criminology, and served as the first North American Editor for the Oxford Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Dr. Lum is a Fulbright Specialist in policing and criminology and is the co-Director of the International Summer School for Policing Scholarship, developed with colleagues at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and Arizona State University.
Her recent book, with Christopher Koper is Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research Into Practice (2017, Oxford University Press). Professors Lum and Koper are the Editors-In-Chief of Criminology and Public Policy, the flagship policy journal of the American Society of Criminology.
Recent and select publications are listed. For full publication list, see Cynthia Lum's C.V.
Lum, Cynthia, Carl Maupin, and Megan Stoltz. (2020). The Impact of COVID-19 on Law Enforcement Agencies (Wave 1). A joint report between the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University.
Lum, Cynthia, Christopher S. Koper, Xiaoyun Wu, William Johnson, & Megan Stoltz. (2020). Examining the Empirical Realities of Proactive Policing through Systematic Observations and Computer Aided Dispatch Data. Police Quarterly, DOI: 10.1177/1098611119896081.
Gill, Charlotte, Julie Hibdon, Cynthia Lum, Devon Johnson, Linda Merola, David Weisburd, Breanne Cave, & Jaspreet Chahal. (2019). ‘Translational Criminology’ in Action: A National Survey of TSA’s Playbook Implementation at U.S. Airports. Security Journal. DOI 10.1057/s41284-019-00225-2.
Wellford, Charles, Cynthia Lum, Thomas Scott, Heather Vovak, and Amber Scherer. (2019). Clearing Homicides: The Role of Organizational, Case, and Investigative Dimensions. Criminology and Public Policy. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-9133.12449.
Lum, Cynthia, Christopher S. Koper, James Willis, Stephen Happeny, Heather Vovak, and Jordan Nichols. (2018). The rapid diffusion of license plate readers in US law enforcement agencies. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, DOI: 10.1108/PIJPSM-04-2018-0054.
Lum, Cynthia and Heather Vovak. (2018). Variability in the Use of Misdemeanor Arrests by Police Agencies from 1990 to 2013: An Application of Group-Based Trajectory Modeling. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 29(6-7), 536–560.
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (PI: Tom Carr, Executive Director, W/B HIDTA). GMU-HIDTA. Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Total funding since 2017: $13,925,259).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI). Improving the Investigation, Clearance Rates, and Victim Restoration of Robberies: A Randomized Controlled Experiment. National Institute of Justice Grant# 2019-R2-CX-0024 ($548,246).
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (PI: Christopher Koper). Evidence-Based Strategies for Policing Innovations to Reduce Serious Vehicle Crashes on State and Rural Roadways. International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training/National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. ($49,868).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI). Translating, Communicating, and Institutionalizing Research into Policing Practice: A Collaboration between the Prince William County Police Department and the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. National Academy of Sciences. ($49,986).
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (PIs: Christopher Koper and Daniel Nagin). NSF Workshop funding: An Evidence-Based Approach to Understanding and Countering Mass Violence in America. National Science Foundation. ($49,895).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI). Systematic Review of Body-Worn Cameras. Campbell Collaboration (from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation). ($86,053).
EDITORS IN CHIEF (with Christopher Koper). American Society of Criminology. Criminology and Public Policy ($174,087).
CRIM 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 401 Policing in America
CRIM 405 Law and Justice Around the World
CRIM 491/492 Administration of Justice Honors Seminar
CRIM 595/795 Evidence-Based Policing
CRIM 760 Evidence-Based Crime Policy (formerly Crime and Crime Policy)
CPET 0100-D74 Evidence-Based Policing: A Course for Practitioners (GMU Continuing Education Program)
OLLI Courses on Crime Prevention, Criminological Theory, and Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues
Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland (2003)
MSc., Criminology, London School of Economics (1996)
B.A., Political Science, University of California Los Angeles (1995)
B.A., Economics, University of California Los Angeles (1995)
Sang Jun Park, Examining the "Law of Crime Concentrations" Across Multiple Jurisdictions (2019)