By Katherine Haines '21
Dr. Allan Branson, adjunct professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, was featured on a March episode of The Reporter’s Notebook podcast, “Storm Tracking.” Host Gary Anderson interviewed Dr. Branson for the investigative true-crime podcast focusing on the...
Allan L. Branson is a Ph.D. graduate (2011) from the University of Leicester (UK) and current Associate Tutor for that institution's graduate students. Dr. Branson also has a Baccalaureate Degree in Communications from Temple University (1988). He is a National Honors Society member, and a graduate of St. Joseph’s University with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (2004). He graduated the FBI’s National Academy Session 250 and has taught at Chestnut Hill College and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an African American (Ret.) Police Lieutenant/Investigator with numerous assignments within the Philadelphia Police department and based on many years within the Internal Affairs Division, along with his doctoral research has given him a unique perspective regarding issues of race and crime. His research continues to explore perceptions based on media representations of ethnic groups as well as the historic, interpersonal and political discourse that influences communications and the criminal justice process. In 2013 he was chosen as the University of Leicester's, College of Social Science Doctoral Inaugural Guest Lecturer. Dr. Branson is also a frequent contributor to the www.crimeculture.com a website, devoted to reviewing crime inspired books and films. His doctoral thesis “The Anonymity of African American Serial Killers: A Continuum of Negative Imagery from Slavery to Prisons” was published in 2016.
His current research explores perceptions based on media representations of ethnic groups. Issues regarding race and crime, as well as the historic interpersonal and political discourse that influences communications and the criminal justice process are also examined.