Brendan Lantz received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.  His research interests focus on hate crime, violence, victimization, and co-offending.  He was a Bureau of Justice Statistics Graduate Research Fellow and was recently awarded the 2021 Academy New Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). His recent publications have appeared in British Journal of Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Psychology of Violence, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime & Delinquency, and Journal of Experimental Criminology, among others.

Research Interests

Hate and Bias Crime | Group Crime and Co-Offending | Violence | Victimization | Racial Disparities in The Criminal Justice System


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


"Gender-Bias Motivated Fatal Shootings of Women in Florida, 2009-2019” Maura's Voice Research Foundation ($49,101), 2020.

"The Situational and Contextual Correlates of Non-Lethal and Lethal Firearm Violence: A Comparative Approach" FSU Council on Research and Creativity ($11,420), 2020-2021.

"Considering the Collateral Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Examining the Impact of the Pandemic on Prejudice, Hate Crime, and Victimization" FSU Office of Research Development ($13,125), 2020.

"The Relationship Between Victim Characteristics and Severity of Victimization: An Analysis of Within-Incident Differences in Victim Injury" FSU Council on Research and Creativity, First Year Assistant Professor Program ($20,000), 2018.

"Offending, Co-Offending, Crime, and the Law Enforcement Response: An Analysis of Individuals and Groups in the NIBRS Data, 2002-2012." U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics ($150,000), 2016-2018.

Recent Publications

Lantz, Brendan & Marin R. Wenger. 2020. “Guns, Groups, and the Southern Culture of Honor: Considering the Role of Co-offenders in Southern Firearm Violence.” Psychology of Violence.

Lantz, Brendan & Marin R. Wenger. 2020. “The Co-offender as Counterfactual: A Quasi-Experimental Within-Partnership Approach to the Examination of the Relationship between Race and Arrest.” Journal of Experimental Criminology, 16(2), 183-206.

Piatkowska, Sylwia J. & Brendan Lantz. 2020. “Temporal Clustering of Hate Crimes in the Aftermath of the Brexit Vote and the Manchester Arena Attack: A Comparison of Scotland and England and Wales.” British Journal of Criminology.

Malcom, Zachary T. & Brendan Lantz. 2020. “Hate Crime Victimization and Weapon Use.” Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Myers, Wesley & Brendan Lantz. 2020. “Racist Hate Crime Victim Reporting in the United States and the United Kingdom: A Cross-National Comparison.” British Journal of Criminology, 60(4), 1034-1055.

Selected Publications

Lantz, Brendan. 2020. Co-offending and Arrest: An Examination of the Group Hazard Hypothesis. Crime & Delinquency, 66(4), 572-600.

Lantz, Brendan. 2020. Co-offending Group Composition and Violence: The Impact of Sex, Age, and Group Size on Co-offending Violence. Crime & Delinquency, 66(1), 93-122.

Lantz, Brendan, Andrew S. Gladfelter, & R. Barry Ruback. 2019. Stereotypical Hate Crimes and Criminal Justice Processing: A Multi-Dataset Comparison of Bias Crime Arrest Patterns by Offender and Victim Race. Justice Quarterly, 36(3), 193-224.

Lantz, Brendan & Joonggon Kim. 2019. 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, 46(3), 437-456.

Lantz, Brendan & Robert Hutchison. 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.