Lorenzo Boyd

Lorenzo M. Boyd

Lorenzo M. Boyd, Criminology and Justice Studies

Lecturer, Transfer Coordinator, Masters Program Coordinator
HSSB 411


Urban Policing, Race & Crime, Criminal Justice Systems

Educational Background

B.A.: Sociology/Political Science – UMass Boston
M.A.: Applied Sociology – UMass Boston 
Ph.D.: Sociology – Northeastern University


Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D. is a former Deputy Sheriff in Suffolk County, Mass., and has served for several years as a police consultant. He also served as a Senior Researcher at the North Carolina Juvenile Justice Institute, where he conducted program evaluations on local community-based juvenile justice intervention programs.
His doctoral research explored attitude differences between Black and White police officers regarding non-life threatening and quality of life issues, and he continues to have interests in that area. Dr. Boyd has also developed curricula for graduate and undergraduate programs, both online and on-campus. He is interested in exploring the effects of method of delivery and type of assessment on student outcomes.

Select Publications: 

2012 Taylor, A,  L Guevara, LM Boyd, RA Brown. “Race, Geography, and Juvenile Justice: An Exploration of the Liberation Hypothesis.” Race and Justice, 2(2), 114 - 136. 

2011 Guevara, L, LM Boyd, A Taylor, RA Brown. “Racial Disparities in Juvenile Court Outcomes: A Test of the Liberation Hypothesis.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 9(3), 200-217.

2010 Boyd, LM. “Light Blue vs. Dark Blue: Attitude Differences in Quality of Life Policing.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 8(1), 37-48.

2007 Liederbach, J., LM Boyd, RW Taylor, & SK Kawucha.  "Is it an inside job?: An examination of internal affairs complaint investigation files and the production of non-sustained findings."  Criminal Justice Policy Review, 18(4), 353-377.

2005 Jackson, AL & LM Boyd. “Minority Threat Hypothesis and the Workload Hypothesis: A community-level examination of lenient policing in high crime communities.”  Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 18(1), 29-50.