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Panelist Bio


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.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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