Allan L. Branson

Adjunct Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

About Me

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 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.


Areas Of Focus

Race and Crime, Critical Discourse Analysis

Philadelphia, PA

Home Country
United States



Education History

University of Leicester 2011

Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Criminology

St. Joseph's University 2004

Masters of Science, Major in Criminal Justice

Temple University 1988

Bachelors of Arts, Major in Communications (Radio, Television & Film)


Author 2016

The Anonymity of African American Serial Killers a Continuum of Negative Images from Slavery to Prisons


Author 2013

African American Serial Killers: Over-Represented Yet Underacknowledged

Article, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

Contributing Author 2016

Hate Crimes in America and the slavery paradigm

Contribution to book, Taylor & Francis, CRC Press

Reviewer 2012

Looking For Laura, Public Criminology and Hot News

Other, Sherfield Gables: Waterside Press

contributing writer 2021


Research Summary

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.