Mark M. Lanier received his interdisciplinary doctoral degree from Michigan State University in 1993 with concentrations in Criminology, Sociology and Psychology. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). He has over 60 scholarly publications, including 9 books, and recently completed Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology: A Mixed Methods Approach (2012) for Oxford University Press with Lisa Briggs and Essential Criminology co-authored with his mentor Stuart Henry, which is in the 4th edition (2013) with Desire’ Anastasia. He is currently developing Epidemiological Criminology as a bridge between Public Health, Medical Sociology and Criminal Justice. In his spare time he still enjoys surfing, riding his motorcycles and Crimson Tide athletics.