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Dr. Lee E. Ross is a professor of criminal justice within the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida. A graduate of Rutgers University, his research interest spans a variety of areas, from his seminal work on religion and social control theory to more recent explorations into the consequences of mandatory arrest policies and the patriarchal role of religion in domestic violence. As editor of the first edition to the War Against Domestic Violence, Dr. Ross spent several years as a group facilitator to the Milwaukee Domestic Abuse Intervention Program (DAIP). His scholarship can be found in a variety of academic journals, including Justice Quarterly, Journal of Criminal Justice, Journal of Crime and Justice, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, The Justice Professional, Sociological Spectrum, and Sociological Focus, among others. A member of the graduate and doctoral faculty, Dr. Ross teaches a variety of courses, including domestic violence and systems responses as well as race, crime, and justice. Recently, Dr. Ross became the first criminologist in the state of Florida to qualify as an expert witness in a criminal case involving domestic violence. His latest book is titled Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice (Routledge, 2018) and Dr. Ross is past recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Race, Crime, and Justice
  • Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Risk Assessment & Intimate Partner Homicide


(1981) B.A., Niagara University
(1983) M.A, Rutgers University
(1991) Ph.D. Rutgers University


Research Interests

  • Crime Theory
  • Criminal Justice Systems
  • Religion and Crime
  • Minorities and the Criminal Justice System
  • Intimate Partner Homicide
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Victimology
  • Domestic Violence
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