Laura Dugan


Dr. Laura Dugan is a Professor at the University of Maryland, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management in 1999 from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. She also has a Masters of Science in Statistics and one in Public Management and Policy also from Carnegie Mellon. She is a member of the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism.

In her work, Laura examines the causes and consequences of violence. She is especially interested in estimating the effects of interventions or policies designed to reduce violence, both criminal and terrorist violence. She also designs methodological strategies to overcome data limitations inherent in the social sciences. Her publications appear in journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminology, the American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review, as well as Terrorism and Political Violence, and the Journal of Peace Research.

Areas of Interest:
  • Causes and Consequences of Violence, Violence Prevention, Terrorism, Intimate Partner Violence, Victimization, Quantitative Advances in Methodology, Gender and Crime, Public Policy
  • PhD Carnegie Mellon University, Public Policy & Management 1999
  • MS Carnegie Mellon University, Statistics 1998
  • MS Carnegie Mellon University, Public Management and Policy 1995
  • BFA Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Applied Media Arts 1987
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus File
CCJS621 General Linear Models in Criminal Justice Research Spring 2015 Syllabus
CCJS225 Reactions to Violence Fall 2014 Syllabus
CCJS620 Fundamentals of Criminological Research Fall 2014 Syllabus

I use data and theory to discover how to decrease bad things and increase good things.

  • The Development of the Global Terrorism Database
  • Age Graded Pathways into Crime: Evidence from a Multi-Site Retrospective Study of Incarcerated Women

Chair of the American Society of Criminology's National Policy Committee

Executive Counselor to the American Society of Criminology

Chair of the Law and Justice Statistics Committee of the American Statistical Association

Director of Graduate Studies

Chair of the Awards Committee

Lots of other things

Former Students
  • Heather Harris
  • Omi Hodwitz
  • Byron Villagomez Moncayo
  • Jennifer Gibbs
  • Laura Dugan
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