Brendan Lantz received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.  His research interests focus on co-offending, social networks, violence, and hate crime.  He was a Bureau of Justice Statistics Graduate Research Fellow and a Penn State Graduate Fellow, and his recent publications have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Criminology & Public Policy, and Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Research Interests

Group crime and co-offending, social networks, violence, hate and bias crime.


Ph.D. 2017, The Pennsylvania State University; Criminology

M.A. 2013, The Pennsylvania State University; Crime, Law, & Justice

B.A. 2011, SUNY University at Albany; Criminal Justice


“The Relationship Between Victim Characteristics and Severity of Victimization: An Analysis of Within-Incident Differences in Victim Injury.” First Year Assistant Professor Award, Florida State University ($20,000), 2018.

"Offending, Co-Offending, Crime, and the Law Enforcement Response: An Analysis of Individuals and Groups in the NIBRS Data, 2002-2012." Bureau of Justice Statistics ($150,000), 2016-2017.

Recent Publications

Lantz, B. 2018 (In Press). “The Consequences of Crime in Company: Co-offending, Victim-Offender Relationship, and Quality of Violence.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Lantz, B. & Kim, J. 2018 (In Press). “Hate Crimes Hurt More, but so do Co-offenders: Separating the Influence of Co-offending and Bias on Hate Motivated Injury.” Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Lantz, B., Gladfelter, A., & Ruback, R.B . 2018 (In Press). “Stereotypical Hate Crimes and Criminal Justice Processing: A Multi-Dataset Comparison of Bias Crime Arrest Patterns by Offender and Victim Race.” Justice Quarterly.

Lantz, B. & Ruback, R.B. 2017. “A Networked Boost: Burglary Co-Offending and Repeat Victimization Using a Network Approach” Crime & Delinquency, 63(9): 1066-1090.

Lantz, B. & Ruback, R.B. 2017. “The Relationship Between Co-Offending, Age, and Experience Using a Sample of Adult Burglary Offenders” Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 3(1): 76-97.

Selected Publications

Lantz, B. & Hutchison, R. (2015). Co-Offender Ties and the Criminal Career: The Relationship Between Co-Offender Group Structure and the Individual Offender. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 52(5): 658-690.

Felson, R. & Lantz, B. (2016). When Are Victims Unlikely to Cooperate with the Police? Aggressive Behavior, 42(1): 97-108.

Ruback, R.B., Gladfelter, A.S. & Lantz, B. (2014). Paying restitution: An experimental analysis of the effects of information and rationale. Criminology & Public Policy 13(3): 405-436.