Kweilin Lucas
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Department: Criminal Justice
Office:  Cornwell 315
P.O. Box:  6662
Phone:  828-689-1500
  • Kweilin LucasB.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007
  • M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2018

Curriculum Vitae

Kweilin T. Lucas earned her B.A. in Sociology, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Dr. Lucas has over ten years of experience working with at-risk youth in various positions throughout Western Pennsylvania. Her areas of research include, but are not limited to, cybercrime victimization and offending, corrections, criminological theory, victimology, juvenile delinquency, and interpersonal violence.

Since she first began teaching in 2012, Dr. Lucas has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses including Criminology, Criminal Justice, Cybercrime, Comparative Criminal Justice, Corrections, Ethics, Juvenile Delinquency, Research Methods, Women and Crime, and Victimology.

Currently, Dr. Lucas is involved with several research projects that pertain to cyberbullying and online violence, deviant online groups, sexual assault, school violence, and domestic violence. Dr. Lucas is also co-authoring a textbook that encompasses an active learning approach to contemporary correctional issues, to be published in 2020.

Dr. Lucas is a member of the American Society of Criminology, where she active with the Divisions of Victimology and Women and Crime, as well as the Southern Criminal Justice Association. She is also affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and the International Bullying Prevention Association.

Recent Research and Presentations:

  • Lucas, K. T., & Lamphere, R. D. (accepted). The role of teachers and school leaders in mass shootings. In G. A. Crews (Ed.). Handbook of Research on Mass Shootings and Multiple Victim Violence. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Lucas, K. T. (accepted). Bullying as a crime. In B. Crank & C. D. Marcum (Eds.). Controversial Issues in Criminal Justice: An Active Learning Approach. San Diego, CA: Cognella.
  • Lucas, K. T. (2018). Third-party witnesses to cyberbullying: Proactive opportunities for intervention. Presentation at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Research Interests

  • Cybercrime victimization and offending
  • Corrections and contemporary correctional issues
  • Criminological theory
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Juvenile deliquency
  • Victimology