Faculty Experts - Lance Hannon, Ph.D.

Lance Hannon, Ph.D.

Lance Hannon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Area of Expertise:

  • Economic Conditions and Urban Crime Rates
  • Race, Crime and Justice


How do economic conditions affect crime and incarceration rates?  How does skin tone affect punishment? As a criminologist, Dr. Hannon’s research has documented the circumstances that affect when increasing incarceration is likely to reduce crime and when they are likely to exacerbate the problem. Dr. Hannon has explored whether poverty has a different impact on crime rates depending on levels of racial segregation, and he is currently researching how different levels of skin tone correlate to school suspension and prison time for African Americans and Latinos.


  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut
  • M.A., University of Connecticut
  • B.A., SUNY Geneseo College

Selected Publications

  • Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. (2012) "Sowing the Seeds: How Adult Incarceration Promotes Juvenile Delinquency." Crime, Law and Social Change 57: 475-491.
  • DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. (2011) "The Legacy of Black Lynching and Contemporary Segregation in the South." Review of Black Political Economy 38: 165-181.
  • Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. (2010) "The State of the Economy and the Relationship between Prisoner Reentry and Crime." Social Problems 57: 611-629.
  • DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. (2010) "For Incapacitation, There Is No Time Like the Present: The Lagged Effects of Prisoner Reentry on Property and Violent Crime Rates." Social Science Research 39: 1004-1014.
  • DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. (2009) "Diversity, Racial Threat, and Metropolitan Housing Segregation." Social Forces 88.1: 373-394.
  • Hannon, Lance, Peter Knapp, and Robert DeFina. (2005) "Racial Similarity in the Relationship between Poverty and Homicide: Comparing Retransformed Coefficients." Social Science Research 34: 893-914.
  • Hannon, Lance. (2005) "Extremely Poor Neighborhoods and Homicide." Social Science Quarterly 86: 1418-1434.
  • Hannon, Lance and Peter Knapp. (2003) "Reassessing Nonlinearity in the Urban Disadvantage-Violent Crime Relationship: An Example of Methodological Bias from Log Transformation." Criminology 41: 1427-1448.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Occidental College
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Villanova University
  • Associate Professor of Sociology, Villanova University

Selected Research

  • Research Affiliate, Joint Center for Poverty Research.

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