Welcome to my webpage.  I am seeking to connect research findings and ideas with a wider audience than could be accomplished via solely academic outlets.  Here I highlight not only my work published in traditional journals but also in shorter formats and blogs.




My research interests include the nature of violence crime and its impact on victims, measurement of crime, and utilization of crime statistics.  Overall my goal is to find ways to better connect research findings with the broader policymaking and practitioner community.  Currently I am exploring use of victim services and help seeking by those experiencing intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual assault.  My recent publications have addressed the quality of crime data, campus victimization, school violence, fear of crime and the long-term effects of Columbine.  I also am the co-editor of a volume of original research entitled Understanding Crime Statistics:  Revisiting the Divergence of the NCVS and UCR (2007, Cambridge University Press) and the lead author of Are America’s Schools Safe?:  Students Speak Out https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2002/2002331.pdf.   My research has been funded  by the American Educational Research Association, American Statistical Association, Bureau of Justice Statistics (US Department of Justice), and National Institute of Justice (US Department of Justice).  In 2016, I was honored to receive American University’s top award for faculty research http://www.american.edu/universityawards/Past-Recipients.cfm

For more information, see my faculty webpage http://american.edu/spa/faculty/adding.cfm

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Criminology http://asc41.com/

American University School of Public Affairs http://american.edu/spa/

Homicide Research Working Group  http://www.homicideresearchworkinggroup.org/


Selected Recent Journal Articles

Weiss, K.G., Addington, L.A. & Nolan, J.J. (2018). Is Gender a Discretionary Factor in Reporting and Arrests of Non-Fatal Violent Crime? Women and Criminal Justice, 28, 1-18.

Addington, L.A. (2017). What is the effect of being bullied?: Comparing direct harms of bullying experienced by LGB and non-LGB students.  Journal of Family Strengths, 17(2), Article 7.   http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1356&context=jfs

Addington, L.A. (2016). Using Constitutional Law Classes to Address the “Civic Empowerment Gap” among Inner-City Public High School Students.  Education and Urban Society, 48, 807-826.

Lynch, J.P. & Addington, L.A. (2015).  Crime Trends and the Elasticity of Evil:  Has a Broadening View of Violence Affected Our Statistical Indicators?  Crime & Justice, 44, 297-331.

Addington, L.A. & Rennison, C.M. (2015). Keeping the Barbarians outside the Gate?:  Comparing Burglary Victimization in Gated and Non-Gated Communities. Justice Quarterly, 32, 168-192.

Rennison, C.M. & Addington, L.A. (2014). Violence Against College Women:  A Review to Identify Limitations in Defining the Problem and Inform Future Research.  Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 15, 159-169.

Addington, L.A. & Perumean-Chaney, S (2014). Fatal and Non-Fatal Intimate Partner Violence:  What Separates the Men from the Women for Victimizations Reported to Police. Homicide Studies, 18, 196-219.

Addington, L.A. (2013). Reporting and Clearance of Cyberbullying Incidents:  Applying “Offline” Theories to Online Victims. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 29, 454-474.

Addington, L.A. (2013). Who You Calling Old?:  Measuring “Elderly” and What It Means for Homicide Research. Homicide Studies, 17, 134-153.

Addington, L.A. & Yablon, Y.B. (2011). A Cross-National Examination of Fear and Violence in Disadvantaged Schools: US and Israeli Student Experiences. Victims & Offenders, 6, 325-340.

 Addington, L.A. & Yablon, Y. (2011). How Safe Do Students Feel at School and While Traveling to School?:  A Comparative Look at Israel and the United States.  American Journal of Education, 117, 465-493.

Yablon, Y.B. & Addington, L.A.  (2010). Putting Students’ Views of Safety into Context:  A Comparison of Adolescent Fear across Locations in Israel.  Journal of School Violence, 9, 407-422.

Addington, L.A. (2009). Cops and Cameras:  Public School Security as a Policy Response to Columbine.  American Behavioral Scientist, 52, 1426-1446.

Addington, L.A. & Rennison, C.M. (2008). Co-Occurring Rape:  Do Additional Crimes Affect How Victims and Police Respond to Rape?  Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 24, 205-226.

Selected Recent Book Chapters

Addington, L.A. (2015).  Research Adventures with “Kinda Big” Data:  Using NIBRS to Study Crime.  In Maltz, M.D. & Rice, S. (editors).  Envisioning Criminology:  A Handbook of Emerging Research Strategies for Studying Crime and Justice (pp. 157-163) New York: Springer Science+ Business Media.

Addington, L.A. (2014). The Development of the UCR and the NCVS and Their Contribution to Criminology. In Dugan, L., Weisburd, D. & Bruinsma, G. (editors).  Criminology & Criminal Justice — The History of Methods and Statistics (pp. 1043-1053).  New York: Springer Science+ Business Media.

Addington, L.A. (2014). Surveillance and Security Approaches across Public School Levels. In Muschert, G., Henry, S., Bracy, N.L. & Peguero, A. (editors).  Responding to School Violence:  Confronting the Columbine Effect (pp. 71-88). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Lynch, J.P. & Addington, L.A. (2010). Identifying and Addressing Response Errors in Self-Report Surveys.  In Weisburd, D. & Piquero, A.P. (co-editors). Handbook of Quantitative Criminology (pp. 251-272). New York: Springer Science+Business Media.

Research Briefs and Blogs

Animal Cruelty Data: A Survey of State UCR Programs

In 2012, I partnered with colleagues at the Animal Welfare Institute to identify the availability of animal cruelty crime data collected by police.  This work provided the foundation for the FBI including animal cruelty in its Uniform Crime Reporting Program.  The report summarizing our findings can be found here: https://awionline.org/sites/default/files/products/ca-12fbireportfinal040312_0.pdf

Of Interest

A selection of links, articles, and posts that caught my attention (please note that these are created and controlled by third parties and that inclusion on this list does not indicate my endorsement of all content)


City Lab – thoughtful reporting on urban issues https://www.citylab.com/

Race in the Marketplace – transdisciplinary and international research network seeking to advance understanding the role of race in the marketplace http://www.rimnetwork.net/

National Center for Victims of Crime – resources for victims of crime and those serving victims https://victimsofcrime.org/


The Book Shelf

Forman, J. (2017). Locking Up Our Own:  Crime and Punishment in Black America

hooks, b (2000).  Feminism Is for Everybody

Lewis, J., Aydin, A. & Powell, N. (2016). March (Vols. 1-3).