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Matthew Lee, Ph.D.
LSU Associate Professor of Sociology and Coordinator Crime and Policy Evaluation Research Group

Matthew R. Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology, member of the graduate faculty, and the coordinator of the Crime and Policy Evaluation Research group (CAPER) at Louisiana State University. He earned his PhD in Sociology from LSU in 1999. His areas of expertise are homicide and interpersonal violence; urban and rural crime patterns; the influence of social institutions and civic engagement on violent crime; labor market processes and violence; and public reactions to crime.

He is the author of more than 35 peer reviewed scientific journal articles. These publications have appeared in a variety of top tier social science journals including Criminology, Journal of Research on Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, Deviant Behavior, Social Forces, Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly, Social Science Research, Rural Sociology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and many others.

He has also authored a variety of fact sheets for policy makers, the media, and the general public on such topics as citizen attitudes toward law enforcement in Baton Rouge and the very impressive performance of the Baton Rouge Police Department in clearing murders by arrest. He has delivered more than 50 presentations at the meetings of national and international organizations such as the America Sociological Association, the American Society of Criminology, and the Southern Sociological Association.

His research has been financially supported by a variety of sources, and in 2003 he was awarded the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation, a 5 year $400,000 grant which is considered among the most prestigious and competitive grants available to social scientists.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of four peer reviewed journals in the fields of sociology and criminology, and regularly acts as an editorial consultant for approximately 20 journals and granting agencies. He regularly teaches undergraduate classes and graduate seminars on the sociology of crime and violence at LSU.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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