Lallen T. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University. Overall, his scholarship aims to better understand violence at the community-level. In the past, Johnson has studied the relationship between illicit drug markets and violence. As of recent, however, his work examines the violent consequences of the spatial arrangement of urban structural inequality. His research has appeared in peer-reviewed outlets such as Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Criminal JusticeSociology Compass, and Environment and Planning A.


As an educator, Professor Johnson strives to push students to think critically about crime, justice, injustice, and social responses to all three. He enjoys engaging students using active learning techniques such as student field research, flipped classrooms where students lead discussions, and electronic media. In the past he has taught courses on race, crime, and justice; criminological theory; communities and crime; and drugs and crime. Prior to arriving at Drexel, Johnson was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. 

Professor Johnson is a 2010 Graduate Research Fellow of the National Institute of Justice, and a 2014 Visiting Fellow of the Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute at The Ohio State University. He received the 2010 James Fyfe Award for outstanding research as a graduate student from Temple University, and the 2006 Black History in the Making Award from Virginia Commonwealth University. Johnson is a member of the Division on People of Color and Crime at the American Society of Criminology, and the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Criminal Justice from Temple University. 

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