Michael Laughlin

Dr. Michael Laughlin

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Department Chair of Criminal Justice and Social Work

Year Started at GU: 2017
Office: LaDue 116
Phone: 618-664-6817
Email: [email protected]
Areas of Responsibility:

Criminal justice, sociology, social work, GU Forensics Conference

About Michael Laughlin

Michael graduated from Greenville College with a BA in religion and philosophy. He then served in elementary and secondary education for several years before returning to earn his MA in philosophy and then his Missouri Peace Officer Certification.

While serving as a police officer, Michael held positions as a detective, as head of the Crime Prevention Unit, as an officer-in-charge on second shift, and as a patrol officer. While serving in law enforcement, he also earned his MPA and PhD in public affairs.  

Michael is married to Kasey. They have two sons, Evan and Alex.

Michael's dissertation is on disparities in law enforcement use of lethal force by race and has provided presentations, and served on an expert panel for the same. 


CRJS405 Criminal Justice Practicum

Principles of Sociology

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Human Behavior and Deviance

Juvenile Delinquency

Crime and Social Deviance

Senior Research Seminar

Criminal Law

Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice Values and Ethics

Criminal Justice Community Relations

American Indian Law

Philosophy of Crime and Punishment

Humanities II: Theology/Philosophy

Critical Analysis (U.M.S.L.)

Awards and Recognition

2017 Donald R. Cressey Award for Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Justice

2017 Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant Winner for Emerging Scholars Addressing Contemporary Issues

Publications and Presentations

Ferguson Commission. (2015). Forward through Ferguson: A path toward racial equity. St Louis, MO: St. Louis Public Library. 

Laughlin, M. (2019). Racial disparity in police killings: An analysis of 2014 United States law enforcement lethal force data (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Missouri-Columbia, Truman School of Public Affairs.

Laughlin, M. (2019, March). What does the data show? An analysis of one year of complete law enforcement use of lethal force incidents. Presented twice at the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educator’s and Trainer’s Association.

Laughlin, M. (2019, March). Use of force expert panel. Panel presentation a the annual conference of the International Law Enforcement Educator’s and Trainer’s Association.  

Laughlin, M. (2017, June). Development and analysis of nationwide law enforcement lethal force data, Presentation at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration.

Laughlin, M. (2015) Research, data, policy analysis, and policy briefs [Contracted work]. In Ferguson Commission Report. Institute of Public Policy, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri-Columbia

Laughlin, M. & Fletcher, B. J. (2017, May) An evaluation of organizational leader compensation: An ethics approach to considering income disparity. Presented at the Social Equity and Leadership Conference.

Menifield, C.E., Laughlin, M., Peterson,  L., Lowrey, K., Letbetter, A., Parker, C., & Barnhart, S. (2017). Killed by police (2014) [Unpublished dataset].

MUPD (2013-2015). Quarterly crime-analysis reports and Crime prevention reports [Unpublished internal reports with statistical analysis of crime trends, information about crime prevention presentations and strategies, and recommendations].

Professional Affiliations

Member, Alpha Phi Sigma

Facilitator, WiLD Leaders

Member, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Member, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association

Member, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Member, American Society for Public Administration

Certified Practitioner in Crime Prevention, Environmental Design

Instructor, R.A.D. Basic Self-Defense

Member, Association for Public Policy and Management,

Member, Mid-Missouri Crisis Intervention Team

Investigator, Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad