Faculty Profile for Dr. Brian L Withrow
Dr. Brian L Withrow
Professor — School of Criminal Justice & Criminology
phone: (512) 245-3548
Biography and EducationDr. 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 InterestsResearch Methods, Statistics, Policing Practices, Administration
Research InterestsPolice 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.). Efficacy of the California Department of Justice 2021 Police/Resident Contact Data Set for Evaluating Police Officer Performance. Sacramento, California, USA: Peace Officer Research Association of California.
- Withrow, B. L. (2022). Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board 2022 Annual Report: A Critical Analysis. Sacramento, California, USA: Peace Officer Research Organization of California.
- Withrow, B. L. (2021). Racial Profiling Report for the San Antonio Police Department to TCOLE for 2021. San Antonio Texas, USA: San Antonio Police Department.
- Withrow, B. L. (n.d.). Police Stops in San Antonio Texas (p. 30). San Antonio, Texas, USA: City of San Antonio.
- 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
- 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
Distance learning Steering Committee
January 1, 2023-Present
Remote Faculty Teaching Committee (Ad Hoc)
November 15, 2017-Present
Ad hoc reviewer
Distance and Extended Learning Steering Committee
January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022
Promotion and Tenure Committee
January 1, 2022-December 30, 2022