Roy Lotz
Professor Emeritus
Phone number
Room number

PhD University of Washington
MA University of Washington
AB Carleton College


Roy Lotz earned his Masters and Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle). He has been teaching at John Jay since 1978. He has taught courses in juvenile delinquency, criminology, introductory sociology, issues in crime and justice, research methods, the family, among others. He has done research in juvenile delinquency, theory, crime, sensation-seeking, public opinion, mass communication, baseball, religion, etc. Among his other interests are evolutionary psychology and behavioral genetics. Professor Lotz has published in Criminology, Administrative Science Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, Youth and Society, and others. He has written three books: Youth Crime in America (Prentice Hall, 2004), Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (McGraw-Hill, 1985) and Crime and the American Press (Praeger, 1991).

Scholarly Work


Youth Crime in America: A Modern Synthesis
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005

Crime and the American Press
Westport, CT: Praeger, 1991

Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
New York: Random House, 1985

Peer reviewed articles

“Sociability, School Experience, and Delinquency”
Youth and Socieiy, 31, no. 2 (December 1999): 199-223

“Aspects of Traditionalism in Modern Sport Organizations”
Social Science Journal, 19
(October 1982): 8-19

“Police, Public, and Capital Punishment”
Journal of Crime and Justice, 5
(1982): 69-85

“Public Support for the Death Penalty”
Criminal Justice Review, 5,
no. 1 (Spring 1981): 55-66.

“An Empirical Assessment of the Effect of Professionalism on Cynicism Among Prison Guards”
Sociological Spectrum, 1, no. 11981):

“Managerial Succession and Organizational Performance”
Administrative Science Quarterly, 24
(June 1979): 167-180

“Sociologists’ Benign Neglect of Juvenile Delinquency as a Social Problem”
Western Sociological Review, 10,
no. 1 (1979):10-27

“Public Anxiety About Crime”
Pacific Sociological Review, 22
(April 1979): 241-254

“Delinquency and Special Deterrence”
Criminology, 15,
no. 4 (February 1978): 539-547

“Linkages Between Professionalism, Work Alienation, and Cynicism in Large and Small Police Departments”
Social Science Quarter/y. 59.
no. 3(1978): 525-534

“Another Look at the Orthodoxy-Anti-Semitism Nexus”
Review of Religious Research, 18,
no. 2 (Winter 1977): 126-133

“Police Cynicism and Professionalism”
Human Relations, 30,
no. 2 (1977): 175-186

“The Influence of Legally Irrelevant Factors on Felony Sentencing”
Sociological Inquiry,
47, no. 1 (1977): 39-48

“Attitudinal Variables as Estimates of Behavior”
European Journal of Social Psychology,
6, no. 2 (1976): 227-243

“Organizational Consequences of Competing Ideologies in Social Movements”
The Annals of Regional Science, 12
(March 1975): 14-25

“Problems with the Doctrine of Interchangeable Indices”
Sociological Quarterly, 15,
no. 2 (Spring 1974): 231-241

Chapters in books

“Courts” in William G. Bailey (ed.),
The Encyclopedia of Police Science
New York: Garland, 1989

Other publications

Review of Joseph C. Fisher’s Killer Among Us
Contemporary Sociology, 27,
no. 5 (September 1998): 530

Review of Quinley and Glock’s Anti-Semitism in America
Sociological Analysis, 41 (Fall 1980): 288-289

Review of Richard Berk et al’s Measure of Justice
Sociology and Social Research, 63,
no. 2 (1979): 383-385

Review of James Q. Wilson’s Thinking About Crime
Contemporary Sociology, 5
(July 1976): 410-413

Review of Menachem Amir’s Patterns in Forcible Rape
Contemporary Sociology, -I
(July 1975): 381-382

Review of Francis lanni’s Black Mafia
American Journal of Sociology, 81
(July 1975): 180-182

Report to the Governor’s Committee on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals (Washington State)
Public Attitudes Toward Crime and its Control

Report to the Board of Directors of Courses by Newspaper La Jolla, California
Crime, Punishment, and Justice  1978