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

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


“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, 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.

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.

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. 2019. “Co-offending and Arrest: An Examination of the ‘Group Hazard’ Hypothesis.” Crime & Delinquency, 66(1), 93-122.

Lantz, Brendan & Marin R. Wenger. 2019. “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.

Selected Publications

Lantz, Brendan & Joongon 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. 2018. “The Consequences of Crime in Company: Co-offending, Victim-Offender Relationship, and Quality of Violence.” Forthcoming at Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Lantz, Brendan & R. Barry Ruback. 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.

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

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.