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Mark M. Lanier received his interdisciplinary doctoral degree from Michigan State University in 1993 with concentrations in Criminology, Sociology and Psychology.  He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama, where he is also the University McNair Fellow for 2013.  He has over 60 scholarly publications and recently completed Essential Criminology, co-authored with his mentor Stuart Henry, which is in its 4th edition (2013) with Desire Anastasia. He is currently developing Epidemiological Criminology as a bridge between Public Health, Medical Sociology and Criminal Justice. In his spare time he still enjoys surfing and riding his motorcycles.

Lisa T. Briggs received her Ph.D. in 2006 from North Carolina State University.  She is currently Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University who, each semester, enjoys trying to motivate her research methods students.  Briggs is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. She has written two books; authored several book chapters; and refereed journal articles, encyclopedia works, contracted reports and non-referee journal articles. She also has an interdisciplinary training with a Master’s in Public Affairs, a Master’s in Science and a Ph.D. in Sociology with specializations in crime, deviance and inequality.  For recreational enjoyment she loves kayaking, mountain hiking and just spending time with her family.



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