Faculty Profile for Dr. Brian L Withrow

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Dr. Brian L Withrow
Professor — School of Criminal Justice & Criminology
phone: (512) 245-3548

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Brian L. Withrow is a Professor in Texas State University’s School of Criminal Justice and Criminology. He joined the Texas State faculty in 2009. From 1999 – 2009, Brian was an Associate Professor and Director of the Forensic Sciences Program at Wichita State University. From 1993 to 1999, Dr. Withrow managed a police leadership development program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. From 1981 to 1993, Brian worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper, Training Officer, Inspector and Bureau Manager.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1981, his Masters of Public Administration from Southwest Texas State University in 1993, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 1999.
Dr. Withrow is one of the nation’s leading experts on the racial profiling controversy. He has authored three books and numerous articles and reports on this controversy. He is regularly asked to provide technical and litigation assistance on racial profiling issues to police departments throughout the nation. Dr. Withrow’s research methods textbook (Research Methods in Crime and Justice, Second Edition (2016), Routledge Publishing) is used extensively throughout the United States and in other countries. In 2018, he coauthored a popular textbook on ethics (Police Ethics: The Corruption of Noble Cause, Fourth Edition (2018), Routledge Publishing) with Michael A. Caldero and Jeffrey C. Dailey.

Teaching Interests

Research Methods, Statistics, Policing Practices, Administration

Research Interests

Police officer decision making, Racial profiling

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Withrow, B. L. (2020). Statistical Analysis of Police Stop Data for the San Antonio Police Department. San Antonio, Texas, USA: Police Department, City of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Withrow, B. L. (n.d.). Police Stops in San Antonio Texas (p. 30). San Antonio, Texas, USA: City of San Antonio.
  • Withrow, B. L. (2019). Public Access to Criminal History Records: Enhancing Public Safety. Austin, Texas, USA: Texas Freedom of Information Foundation.
  • Withrow, B. L. (2017). [Review of Race, Place, and Suburban Policing: Too Close for Comfort, by A. S. Boyles]. Criminal Justice Review. University of California Press.
  • Withrow, B. L. (2017). Research Methods in Crime and Justice. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Publishing.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Distinguished Alumni Award for the Masters of Public Administration Program, Texas State University. 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Nominated for Academy for Effective Teaching Award, Wichita State University. 1999 - 2009
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Finalist for Academy for Effective Teaching Award, Wichita State University. 2008
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Finalist for Academy for Effective Teaching Award, Wichita State University. 2004
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Finalist for Community Research Award, Wichita State University. 2004

Selected Grants

  • Withrow, Brian L (Principal). Kansas Crime Analysis Consortium Demonstration Project, United States Attorney for the District of Kansas and Kansas Attorney General’s Office, $67000. (Funded: 2006). Grant.
  • Withrow, Brian L (Principal). Police Protective Custody Project, Wichita Children’s Home, $8000. (Funded: 2003). Grant.
  • Withrow, Brian L (Principal). Mental Illness and Criminal Justice, Mrs. Barbara Torbey (private citizen), $5000. (Funded: 2000). Grant.
  • Withrow, Brian L (Co-Principal). Law Enforcement Officer Training for the Identification of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation, Kansas Department of Aging, $5956. (Funded: 2000). Grant.
  • Withrow, Brian L (Principal). Evaluation of the Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment Instrument, Sedgwick County (Kansas) Department of Corrections, $10000. (Funded: 2000). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Personnel Committee
August 15, 2020-Present
Remote Faculty Teaching Committee (Ad Hoc)
November 15, 2017-Present
Ad hoc reviewer
Best Practices Checklist Revision Committee
January 15, 2020-May 15, 2021
University Mentor
Faculty Mentor (online learning)
March 15, 2020-August 15, 2020