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Lorenzo M. Boyd

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Stewart Professor
University of New Haven
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Lorenzo M. Boyd

Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D. is the inaugural Stewart Professor of Community Policing at the University of New Haven. He is a nationally recognized scholar in police-community relations and an authority on urban policing and diversity issues in criminal justice. Dr. Boyd served as director of the University’s Center for Advanced Policing, and the University’s vice president for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. Previously he served for 14 years as a sheriff’s deputy in Suffolk County (MA).

Dr. Boyd is the former president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science and a life member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), He has appeared on local, regional, national, and international media outlets to discuss policing in the aftermath of high-profile cases. He has taught at the university level for 23 years.

Widely published, most recently he co-authored the book “Police in the US: Past Present, and Future” (Cengage Publishing). He co-authored the article “Policing in the aftermath of the 2020 protests: Lessons learned and evolving strategies for reform.” He also authored the book, “The Massachusetts's Criminal Justice System.” His book chapters include "Black Lives Matter: The Watchdog for the Criminal Justice System" in Appearance Bias and Crime, and "Does Police Discretion Help or Harm Our Criminal Justice System?" in Crime and Criminal Justice: Concepts and Controversies.

Dr. Boyd received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University, his M.A. in applied sociology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.