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Lallen Johnson Associate Professor Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

Additional Positions at AU
Greenberg Faculty Fellow | Center for Teaching, Research and Learning
PhD, Criminal Justice, Temple University
MA, Criminal Justice, Temple University
MURP, Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Commonwealth University
BS, Criminal Justice, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Professor Johnson explores how processes of urban gentrification influence social control. He is specifically interested in the ways by which neighborhood upscaling amplifies the risk of police contact for socially marginalized and racially minoritized groups. His additional scholarship focuses on health geography and queries the risk of mortality across urban space. Professor Johnson’s training, which spans the disciplines of criminology, urban studies, and geography, informs his understanding of the spatial dimensions of social science outcomes. Some of his previous studies have been funded by the National Institute of Justice and disseminated across multiple outlets such as Race and Justice, Punishment and Society, the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, and Health and Place.
See Also
SPA Metropolitan Policy Center
SPA Department of Justice, Law and Criminology
For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • JLC-205 Introduction to Criminology

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • American Society of Criminology

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

  • Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network

  • Society for the Study of Social Problems

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Patterson, E.J. & Johnson, L.T. (Forthcoming). Structural Inequality and COVID-19 Mortality in Chicago by Race and Age: An Ecological Analysis. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.

Carter, T. J., & Johnson, L. T. (Forthcoming). “Blacks Can’t Jump”: The Racialization of Transit Police Responses to Fare Evasion. Race and Justice.

Johnson, L.T & Patterson, E.J. (2022). The Policing of Subway Fare Evasion in Postindustrial Los Angeles. Punishment and Society, 23(3), 457-476.

Johnson, L.T. (2021). Modeling Urban Neighborhood Violence: The Systemic Model and Variable Effects of Social Structure. Urban Affairs Review, 57(1), 128-152.

Johnson, L.T. & Shreve, T. (2020). The Ecology of Overdose Mortality in Philadelphia. Health and Place, 66, 102430.