Policing, technology, evidence-based crime policy, translational criminology, crime prevention, evaluation research
Dr. Cynthia Lum is Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She researches primarily in the area of policing, technology, evidence-based crime policy, crime prevention, and translational criminology. Her works in this area 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 National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ), 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 Research Advisory Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Misdemeanor Justice Project (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 new book, with Christopher Koper is Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research Into Practice (2017, Oxford University Press). Professors Lum and Koper are the next editors in chief of Criminology and Public Policy, the flagship policy journal of the American Society of Criminology.
Recent publications are listed. For full publication list, see Cynthia Lum's C.V.
Lum, Cynthia, Megan Stoltz, and Christopher S. Koper. (2019). The Research on Body-Worn Cameras: What We Know, What We Need to Know. Criminology and Public Policy, 18(1).
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 Gest, Ted. (Special Issue Editors). (2018). Progress and Prospects: The Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1967 President’s Crime Commission Report in Today’s Criminal Justice Environment. Criminology and Public Policy, 17(2), 1-5.
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.
Merola, Linda, Cynthia Lum, and Ryan Murphy. (2018). The impact of license plate recognition technology (LPR) on trust in law enforcement: A survey-experiment Journal of Experimental Criminology. Journal of Experimental Criminology, DOI: 10.1007/s11292-018-9332-8.
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).
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Tom Carr, PI). GMU-HIDTA. Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Total current funding: $7,022,349).
EDITORS IN CHIEF (with Christopher Koper). American Society of Criminology. Criminology and Public Policy ($174,087).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI). A Study of Patrol Officer Time: A comprehensive analysis of computer aided dispatch data and dispatcher decision making. Laure and John Arnold Foundation. ($193,971).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI). GIVE Initiative Evidence-Based Policing Project. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. ($43,500).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Ted Gest, also PI). Analyzing the Progress and Prospects of the 1967 Crime Commission in Today’s Criminal Justice Environment. The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation ($47,000).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI). The Proactivity Lab. Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($348,411).
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Charles Wellford, also PI), Identifying effective investigative practices: A National Study Using Trajectory Analysis. Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($579,207).
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, Criminology, 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)