L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Patrick Lowery

Patrick Lowery

Assistant professor

Raleigh Building, Room 2009C Phone: (804) 828-8889 Email: pglowery@vcu.edu


  • Juvenile justice
  • Police use of force 
  • Police discrimination


B.S., Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.S., Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina


Patrick Lowery, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Wilder School. His research focuses primarily on socio-legal studies and the intersection of race and poverty in the juvenile justice system. Lowery earned a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina in 2016. 

During his time as a doctoral student in South Carolina, he published in a number of quality journals, such as Youth Violence and Juvenile JusticePolice Quarterly, and Crime & Delinquency. In addition to his research, Lowery has also taught a variety of courses at the University of South Carolina, such as: "Introduction to Criminal Justice," "Research Methods," "Juvenile Delinquency and Justice," and "Violence in America."