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Dr. Brian L. Withrow



Ph.D. Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University (1999)
M.P.A. Public Administration, Texas State University (1993)
B.A. Criminal Justice, Stephen F. Austin State University (1981)

Areas of Expertise:

Police Systems and Practices
Racial Profiling
Police Officer Decision Making
Organizational Behavior and Development


Dr. Brian L. Withrow began his professional career in 1981, with the Texas Department of Public Safety shortly after graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. While at DPS, Brian earned his M.P.A. Administration from Texas State University. During his thirteen years at DPS Brian was a State Trooper, Training Officer, Inspector and Bureau Manager. He left DPS to join the staff at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas at Sam Houston State University. There he managed a policing leadership and executive development program called the Graduate Management Institute. In 1999, Brian graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and shortly thereafter joined the faculty at Wichita State University. While at Wichita State, Brian managed the Midwest Criminal Justice Institute and later was appointed Director of the Forensic Sciences Program. In 2009, Brian joined the faculty at Texas State University as an Associate Professor.  He was promoted to Professor in 2013. 
As a researcher Dr. Withrow has established a national reputation as an expert in police systems and practices, with a particular emphasis on racial profiling. He has published numerous articles, reports, book chapters and two books on the racial profiling controversy. He is regularly asked to consult with police departments nationwide and to assist with racial profiling litigation. As a teacher, Dr. Withrow specializes in research methods, statistics and various policing related courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds appointments to the Graduate Faculty at Texas State and Associate Doctoral Faculty in the School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Withrow’s university service role includes membership in numerous departmental, college, and university-level committees and as a public servant. Brian was the Mayor of Bel Aire, Kansas. Brian is an Eagle Scout and an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.



01 Hines Academic Center
(512) 245-3548

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