Center for Justice Leadership and Management
George Mason University

Cynthia Lum

Cynthia Lum

Cynthia Lum

Associate Professor

Policing, security, criminal justice evaluation, translational criminology

Dr. Cynthia Lum is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of its Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She researches primarily in the area of policing, security, and evidence-based crime policy. Her works in this area have included evaluations of policing interventions and police technology, understanding the translation and receptivity of research in policing, and assessing security efforts of federal agencies. With Dr. Christopher Koper she has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix (with Cody Telep) and the Matrix Demonstration Projects, translation tools designed to help police practitioners incorporate research into their strategic and tactical portfolio. Dr. Lum has been appointed to the Committee on Proactive Policing for the National Academy of Sciences, the Standing Committee on Traffic Law Enforcement for the National Academy of Sciences, is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the IACP, the International Advisory Committee of the Scottish Institute for Police Research (SIPR), and the Board of Trustees for the Pretrial Justice Institute. She is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine and the Springer Series on Translational Criminology, and served as the first North American Editor for the Oxford Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Dr. Lum is a Fulbright Specialist in policing and criminology and in 2016 implemented the first International Summer School for Policing Scholarship at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland with colleagues from SIPR.

Her new book, with Christopher Koper is Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research Into Practice (Oxford University Press).

Selected Publications

(since 2015 only; for all publications, see http://cebcp.org/wp-content/cv/cv-cynthia-lum.pdf)

Lum, Cynthia and Christopher Koper. (2017). Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research into Practice. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Willis, James, Christopher S. Koper, and Cynthia Lum. (2017). The Adaptation of License-Plate Readers for Investigative Purposes: Police Technology and Innovation Re-Invention. Justice Quarterly. DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2017.1329936

Lum, Cynthia, Breanne Cave and Jordan Nichols. (2017). Are Federal Security Efforts Evidence-Based? Security Journal. DOI: 10.1057/s41284-017-0092-3.

Lum, Cynthia and Daniel Nagin. (2017). Reinventing American Policing: A Seven-Point Blueprint for the 21st Century. Crime and Justice 46, 339-393.

Lum, Cynthia, Christopher Koper, Charlotte Gill, Julie Hibdon, Cody Telep, and Laurie Robinson. (2016). An Evidence-Assessment of the Recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing: Implementation and Research Priorities. Fairfax, VA: Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University. Alexandria, VA: International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Lum, Cynthia, Christopher Koper and James Willis. (2017). Understanding the Limits of Technology’s Impact on Police Effectiveness. Police Quarterly, 20(2), 135-163.

Wu, Xiaoyun and Cynthia Lum. (2016). Measuring the Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Police Proactivity. Journal of Quantitative Criminology. DOI:10.1007/s10940-016-9318-5.

Merola, Linda, Cynthia Lum, Christopher Koper, and Amber Scherer. (2016). Body Worn Cameras and the Courts: A National Survey of State Prosecutors. Report for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Fairfax, VA: Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University.

Lum, Cynthia, Charles Wellford, Thomas Scott and Heather Vovak. (2016). Trajectories of U.S. Crime Clearance Rates. Report for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Fairfax, VA: Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University.

Lum, Cynthia, Ajima Olaghere, Christopher S. Koper, and Xiaoyun Wu. (2016). Project Safe Neighborhoods Youth Violence and Homicide Prevention Initiative in Washington, D.C.: Outcome Evaluation Report for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Washington, D.C. Fairfax, VA: Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University.

Lum, Cynthia, Devon Johnson, Jordan Nichols, Julie Grieco, and Xiaoyun Wu. (2016). Fairfax County Community Survey. Report to the Fairfax County Police Department and Community. Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University. 

Lum, Cynthia. (2016). Murky Research Waters: The Influence of Race and Ethnicity on Police Use of Force. Criminology and Public Policy. DOI: 10.1111/1745-9133.12197.

Koper, Christopher, Cynthia Lum and Julie Hibdon. (2015). The Uses and Impacts of Mobile Computing Technology in Hot Spots Policing. Evaluation Review, 39(6), 587-624.

Lum, Cynthia, Christopher Koper, Linda Merola, Amber Scherer, and Amanda Reioux. (2015). Existing and Ongoing Body Worn Camera Research: Knowledge gaps and opportunities. Report for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Fairfax, VA: Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, George Mason University.

Lum, Cynthia and Nicholas Fyfe. (2015). Space, Place, and Policing: Exploring Geographies of Research and Practice. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.

Koper, Christopher, Jeffery Egge and Cynthia Lum. (2015). Institutionalizing Place-Based Approaches: Opening a Case on a Gun Crime Hot Spot. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.

Nagin, Daniel, Robert Solow and Cynthia Lum. (2015). Deterrence, Criminal Opportunities and the Police. Criminology, 53(1), 74-100.

Expanded Publication List

See CV.

Grants and Fellowships

(Active)

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI). The Proactivity Lab. Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($348,411).

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI, and Charlotte Gill, Co-PI). Creating a Blueprint Document to Guide Implementation of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report. Laura and John Arnold Foundation through the International Association of Chiefs of Police ($168,821).

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI), A Systematic Development of a Research Agenda for Body Worn Camera Research. Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($174,552).

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Charles Wellford, also PI), Identifying effective investigative practices: A National Study Using Trajectory Analysis. Laura and John Arnold Foundation ($579,207).

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI), Evaluating the Crime Control and Cost-Benefit Effectiveness of License Plate Recognition (LPR) Technology in Patrol and Investigations. National Institute of Justice Grant 2013-IJ-CX-0017 ($553,713).

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (with Christopher Koper, also PI), The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix Demonstration Project. Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant #2011-DB-BX-K012 ($1,249,236).

 

Courses Taught

CRIM 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRIM 401 Policing in America

CRIM 405 Law and Justice Around the World

CRIM 491/492 Administration of Justice Honors Seminar

CRIM 760 Crime and Crime Policy

OLLI Courses on Crime Prevention, Criminology, and Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues

Education

Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland (2003)
MSc., Criminology, London School of Economics (1996)
B.A., Political Science, University of California Los Angeles (1995)
B.A., Economics, University of California Los Angeles (1995)

Dissertations Supervised

Ajima Olaghere, The Everyday Activities That Bind for Crime: Investigating the Process of Routine Activities at Specific Places (2015)

Julie Grieco, Attitudinal Dimensions and Openness to Evidence-Based Policing: Perspectives of Academy Recruits (2016)

Heather Vovak, Examining the Relationship between Crime Rates and Clearance Rates Using Dual Trajectory Analysis (2016)