Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at
The University of Alabama

Research on criminal behavior, mass shootings,
suicide terrorism, sexual frustration theory,
and more.

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Adam Lankford is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at The University of Alabama. He is the author of two books and many peer-reviewed journal articles. His research has been cited by every major media outlet in the United States and international media from more than 40 countries.

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Research Areas Include:

Mass Shootings

Studies of perpetrators’ homicidal intentions, mental health problems, suicidal motives, fame-seeking tactics, copycat behavior, and firearms acquisition–along with strategies that could reduce the prevalence of their attacks.

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Suicide Terrorism

Studies of perpetrators’ pathways to self-destruction. How are they psychologically and behaviorally similar to individuals who commit conventional suicides, murder-suicides, and unconventional suicides? How are they like mass shooters, cult members, and kamikaze pilots? 

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Sexual Frustration Theory

An exploration of how sexual frustration may contribute to many forms of aggression, violence, and crime–including stalking, intimate partner abuse, bar fights, robberies, gang violence, homicide, mass shootings, terrorism, serial killings, pedophilia, and rape. Could sexual frustration be an important cause of misogyny?

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