Faculty Experts - Lance Hannon, Ph.D.

Lance Hannon, Ph.D.

Lance Hannon, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Criminology

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 how the dramatic rise in imprisonment rates over the last few decades has ultimately caused more crime and poverty. Dr. Hannon has also explored whether changes in poverty rates matter for crime rates once neighborhoods pass a certain threshold of disadvantage. His most recent research focuses on how darker-skinned African Americans and Latinos may face a rarely mentioned or monitored type of discrimination - "colorism."


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

Selected Publications

  • 2016 Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. “Can Incarceration Really Strip People of Racial Privilege?” Sociological Science Forthcoming.
  • 2016 Hannon, Lance and Robert DeFina. “Reliability Concerns in Measuring Respondent Skin Tone by Interviewer Observation.” Public Opinion Quarterly Forthcoming.
  • 2015 Hannon, Lance. “White Colorism.” Social Currents 2:13-21.
  • 2015 DeFina, Robert and Lance Hannon. “The Changing Relationship Between Unemployment and Suicide.” Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 2:217-229.

Selected Professional Experience

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

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