Daniel S. Lawrence

Research Criminologist

Daniel Lawrence


  • PhD, Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, Survey Research and Methodology Concentration, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MA, Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS, Department of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

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Daniel Lawrence, PhD, seeks to produce high-quality empirical research on the impact officers’ behaviors may have during community member interactions. In this role, he designs data collection protocols; manages data and conducts analyses; collects data through semistructured interviews and surveys during site visits; and writes final reports.

Working with our Policing, Security, and Investigative Science Program, Dr. Lawrence focuses his research on police legitimacy and procedural justice; police technology; police screening and hiring practices; and community policing. Current and past projects include evaluations of police-community interactions, body-worn cameras, gunshot detection technology, and public surveillance systems.

Previously, Dr. Lawrence worked at the Urban Institute and the Center for Research in Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also served as a research consultant for two Illinois criminal justice research agencies: the Sentencing and Policy Advisory Council and the Criminal Justice Information Authority, which is the state’s Statistical Analysis Center.

Dr. Lawrence is a member of the ASC Division of Policing, National Data Collection Committee, and a past member of the advisory group on the Metropolitan Police Department Body-Worn Camera Policy. He is also a reviewer for Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Criminology & Public Policy, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, and the Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.