Brendan Lantz

Assistant Professor
Brendan Lantz

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 research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, among others. His recent publications have appeared in a number of different outlets, including Social Problems, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, British Journal of Criminology, Justice Quarterly, Law and Human Behavior, 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


“The Individual, Situational, and Contextual Risk Factors for Violent Firearm Injury and Firearm Homicide: A Comparative, Policy-Focused Approach” National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), ($490,436), 2021-2024

"Hate Crime Victimization and Reporting: Unraveling the Contextual Effects Using Data from the National Crime Victimization Survey" National Science Foundation ($236,985), 2021-2023

"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, & Zachary T. Malcom. 2022. Historical Markers or Markers of White Supremacy? Confederate Memorials and Hate Crimes. Social Problems.

Lantz, Brendan & Cole Ward. 2022. Disproportionately Punished, Yet Still Neglected: Variation in Official Responses to American Indian/Alaska Native Offending and Victimization." Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Lantz, Brendan, Marin R. Wenger, & Chloe J. Craig. 2021. What if They Were White? The Differential Arrest Consequences of Victim Characteristics for Black and White Co-offenders" Social Problems.

Lantz, Brendan & Marin R. Wenger. 2021. "Are Asian Victims Less Likely to Report Hate Crime Victimization to the Police? Implications for Research and Policy in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic" Crime and Delinquency, 68, 1292-1319.

Lantz, Brendan, Marin 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.

Selected Publications

Lantz, Brendan. 2021. "Women who commit hate-motivated violence: Advancing a Gendered Understanding of Hate Crime." Social Science Research, 104, 1-12.

Lantz, Brendan. 2021. "The Consequences of Crime in Company: Co-offending, Victim-Offender Relationship, and Quality of Violence." Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36, 4363-4388.

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.

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.


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