Dr. Michael Laughlin
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Department Chair of Criminal Justice and Social WorkYear Started at GU: 2017
Office: LaDue 116
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
Crime and Social Deviance
Senior Research Seminar
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 Racial disparity in police killings: An analysis of 2014 United States law enforcement lethal force data (Unpublished doctoral dissertation).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].
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