Hate Crime Research & Policy Institute

Advancing knowledge and policy on hate crime offending and victimization through evidence-based research

The Hate Crime Research & Policy Institute is committed to advancing research on hate crime offending and bias victimization. The institute examines the ways that hate, bigotry, and extremism influence the victimization of people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and other personal characteristics. This includes research related to spatial and community-level influences on hate crime, victim interactions with the criminal justice system, and the impact of public policy on hate crime offending. Hate crimes have increased significantly across the nation in recent years, and the mission of the institute is to (1) conduct research to advance knowledge on hate crime and (2) develop evidence-based recommendations for improving policies related to hate and bias crime.



Lantz, Brendan, Marin R. Wenger, & Zachary T. Malcom. 2022. Historical Markers or Markers of White Supremacy? Confederate Memorials and Hate Crimes. Social Problems.

Wenger, Marin R., & Brendan Lantz. 2022. Hate Crime and Place: The Spatial and Temporal Concentration of Bias-Motivated Crime in Washington, DC. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(13-14), 10683-10708.

Lantz, Brendan. 2022. Women Who Commit Hate-Motivated Violence: Advancing a Gendered Understanding of Hate Crime. Social Science Research, 104, 1-12.

Lantz, Brendan, Maring R. Wenger, & Zachary T. Malcom. 2022. Severity Matters: The Moderating Effect of Offense Severity in Predicting Racial Differences in Reporting of Bias and Non-Bias Victimization to the Police. Law and Human Behavior, 46(1), 15-29.

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., & Brendan Lantz. (2021). 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, 61, 648-669.

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 & 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.

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Andreas Hövermann. 2019. “Racial outgroup marriages and hate crime rates: A cross-sectional analysis of the U.S. metropolitan areas.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency doi.org/10.1177/0022427819864142

Piatkowska, Sylwia J., Steven F. Messner, and Tse-Chuan Yang. 2019. “Understanding the relationship between relative group size and hate crime rates: Linking methods with concepts.” Justice Quarterly. 36(6): pp. 1072-1095.

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

DIRECTOR | Brendan Lantz, Ph.D.

FACULTY AFFILIATE | Marin R. Wenger, Ph.D.

FACULTY AFFILIATE | Sylwia J. Piatkowska, Ph.D.

For more information on the Hate Crime Research & Policy Institute, contact Drs. Brendan Lantz, or George B. Pesta.