Commencement Speaker

Lawrence Sherman '70

Commencement Speaker
Lawrence Sherman '70

Denison University has announced that Lawrence W. Sherman, a member of the Denison class of 1970 and the Wolfson Professor of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, will present the keynote address at the college’s 173rd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17.

Sherman is director of the Institute of Criminology, the Police Executive Programme, and the Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology at Cambridge. In 2013, the United Kingdom Home Secretary appointed him an independent director of the new College of Policing, whose mission includes developing evidence of “what works” in policing.

Sherman was elected honorary president of the Society of Evidence-Based Policing at its founding in 2010 and holds honors from the American Academy of Political and Social Science, American Society of Criminology, American Sociological Association, Academy of Experimental Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Campbell Collaboration, the German Society of Criminology, and universities in three countries. His 1998 proposal for evidence-based policing launched a global professional movement, for which he was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sherman worked with the New York City Police Department in 1971 and 1972, and since that time he has conducted more than 35 randomized controlled trials in policing, prosecution, prison and probation services in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Sherman has received the Alumni Citation from Denison, the college’s highest honor bestowed upon a graduate or friend of the college. While a student, Sherman was a member of the varsity men’s soccer team, the concert choir and the Denison Campus Government Association.

Read more about Dr. Sherman’s current work in the area of domestic violence in this recent story in Time.