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112 Garland Hall
615-875-7931


(alternate office McGill 107)


Research Interests

  • Law Enforcement
  • Violence
  • Marriage and Family

Education

PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2008

Curriculum Vitae


Laurie Woods

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Faculty VUcepter, Vanderbilt Visions
Faculty Member in Residence, McGill Hall

How does law enforcement’s approach to crime differ in countries with similar justice systems?

The US justice system is based on the English system, yet there are big differences when it comes to the way that the United States handles several current law enforcement problems, including hate crime and handguns. My research looks at Great Britain’s approach to the handling of bias crime and their emphasis on civility. Additionally, I explore the difference in violent crime in countries, such as England, Scotland, and Ireland, where most citizens and police officers do not carry guns.