Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D.

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    Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D.

    Department Chairperson;
    Associate Professor 

    Ph.D. - Sociology, Northeastern University

    M.A. - Applied Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

    B.A. – Sociology/Political Science, University of Massachusetts

    Urban Policing, Criminal Justice Systems, Race & Crime, Criminology Theory

    Taylor, A, L Guevara, LM Boyd, RA Brown. (2012). “Race, Geography, and Juvenile Justice: An Exploration of the Liberation Hypothesis.” Race and Justice, 2(2), 114 - 136.

    Boyd, LM, J. Joseph. (2012).  “Transnational Gangs” The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Wiley-Blackwell.

    Boyd, LM. (2012). “County Sheriff’s Departments, Working in Relative Anonymity”. In Dempsey J.S. and L. Frost, An Introduction to Policing. 6th ed. Belmont, CA. Wadsworth Publishing.

    Guevara, L, LM Boyd, A Taylor, RA Brown. (2011). “Racial Disparities in Juvenile Court Outcomes: A Test of the Liberation Hypothesis.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 9(3), 200-217.

    Boyd, LM. (2011). “Career Profile in Criminal Justice.” In Peak, K. Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices 7e. Pearson Education Publishing

    Boyd, LM. (2010). “Light Blue vs. Dark Blue: Attitude Differences in Quality of Life Policing.”Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 8(1), 37-48.

    Boyd, LM. (2010). Profiles in Criminal Justice. “Sheriff’s Deputies; The Best of all worlds-Profiles in Crime and Justice.” In Regoli, RM. and Hewitt JD. Exploring Criminal Justice: The Essentials. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

    Boyd, LM. (2009). "The Boston Gun Project" Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. Sage Pub. April

    Liederbach, J., LM Boyd, RW Taylor, & SK Kawucha. (2007). "Is it an inside job?: An      examination of internal affairs complaint investigation files and the production of non-sustained findings."  Criminal Justice Policy Review, 18(4), 353-377.

    Boyd, LM., S Cain, & J Liederbach. (2007). “Community Policing: A Theoretical Rationale for Success.” American Criminal Justice Association LAE Journal. Fall 2007. 35–39.

    Boyd, LM. (2006). “The Boston Police Strike of 1919.” Encyclopedia of Police Science,3rd Edition, 2 vols., ed. Jack R. Greene. New York: Routledge, October.

    Jackson, AL & LM Boyd. (2005). “Minority Threat Hypothesis and the Workload Hypothesis: A community-level examination of lenient policing in high crime communities.”  Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 18(1), 29-50.



    Dr. Boyd's doctoral research explored attitude differences between Black and White police officers regarding quality of life issues.  He spent over a decade as a Deputy Sheriff in Suffolk County, MA and currently serves as a police consultant. He spent eight years as the primary advisor and consultant for the Fayetteville (NC) Police Department. He also developed several 40-hour police training modules and promotional assessments for officers of ranks from patrol officer to Assistant Chief. He currently serves as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2016 – 2017).