Dr. Bill Lyons

Dr. Bill Lyons

Title: Associate Dean and Professor
Dept/Program: Political Science
Office: CAS 448
Phone: 330-972-5855
Email: wtlyons@uakron.edu
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Bill Lyons is a Professor of Political Science, an Associate Dean for the college, and a recognized Outstanding Teacher of the Year at The University of Akron

His most recent book, The Akron Story Circle Project: Rethinking Race in Classroom and Community, co-authored with colleagues from five different disciplines, was published in 2017. He was also featured in Pechakucha Akron VI in February 2017.

Bill’s first book, The Politics of Community Policing (1999, University of Michigan Press), was an analysis of the neighborhood politics surrounding the emergence of community policing in Seattle.  He has also published Punishing Schools (co-authored with Julie Drew in 2006, University of Michigan Press) and Sound-Bite Saboteurs (co-authored with Julie Drew and Lance Svehla in 2010, SUNY Press).


  • Ph.D. University of Washington
  • Fields: Law and Society, Policing Reform and Urban Politics, Comparative Criminal Justice, Conflict Management, Public Law


3700:100 Government and Politics in the U.S.

3800:100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3700:334 Law, Mediation & Violence (Conflict Transformation Core Course)

3700:335 Law & Society

3700:461 Supreme Court & Constitutional Law

Areas of Responsibility

Conflict Management, Law & Society, Crime & Punishment, Constitutional Law