Denison University’s Gordon Lecture Series welcomes Professor and Criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman ’70 presenting “Counting what Counts in Justice: Policing, Race and the Rule of Law.” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the lecture hall of Burton D. Morgan Center (150 Ridge Road).
The Wolfson Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University and Director of the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, Sherman also is the founding director of the Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology and serves as Chair of the Cambridge Police Executive Programme. Considered to be father of “evidence based policing,” Sherman’s use of randomized controlled experiments to study deterrence and crime prevention has led him to examine such wide-ranging issues as domestic violence, police crackdowns and saturation patrol, gun violence and crime, crack houses, and reintegrative shaming. He has collaborated with over 30 police and justice agencies around the world.
In the past 12 months, police departments and academies in Vietnam, Uruguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Western Australia, Queensland, and seven U.K. police agencies have all asked Sherman to teach to their students, based on recommendations of prior audiences. President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing invited Sherman to address them and cited his testimony (found on C-Span) repeatedly in its report.
Sherman has received numerous awards for his research. He received the Edwin Sutherland Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Criminology from American Society of Criminology, the Joan McCord Award for Outstanding Contributions to Experimental Criminology from the Academy of Experimental Criminology’s, the Bruce Smith Sr. Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Distinguished Scholarship Award in Crime, Law and Deviance from the American Sociological Association, the Beccaria Medal in Gold from the Society of Criminology of German-speaking Nations, the Robert Boruch Award from the International Campbell Collaboration in 2010, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal and Honorary Life Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Prof. Sherman is the Founding President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology and a fellow of the American Society of Criminology. He holds honorar y degrees from Stockholm University and Denison University.