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, B. (In Press). 2019. “Co-offending and Arrest: An Examination of the ‘Group Hazard’ Hypothesis.” Crime & Delinquency (E-pub ahead of print).

Lantz, B. (In Press). 2019. “Victim, Police, and Prosecutorial Responses to Same-Sex Intimate Partner Violence: A Comparative Approach.” Forthcoming at Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Lantz, B. (In Press). 2019. “Co-offending Group Composition and Violence: The Impact of Sex, Age, and Group Size on Co-offending Violence.” Crime & Delinquency (E-pub ahead of print).

Lantz, B. (In Press). 2019. “The Consequences of Crime in Company: Co-offending, Victim-Offender Relationship, and Quality of Violence.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence (E-pub ahead of print).

Lantz, B. & Wenger, M.R. (In Press). 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 (E-pub ahead of print).

Selected Publications

Lantz, B., Gladfelter, A.S., & Ruback, R.B. (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, B., & Kim, J. (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, 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.

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., & 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.