Bryan Byers

Bryan Byers

Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology


Room:NQ 288

Dr. Bryan D. Byers earned his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and holds the rank of professor. Dr. Byers has been at Ball State University since 1995. He has also served on the faculties of Valparaiso University and the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Byers' field experiences include positions as a prosecutor's special investigator, adult protective services investigator, deputy coroner, mental health liaison, juvenile corrections worker, and criminal justice trainer.

He has published over twenty-five refereed articles and book chapters on such topics as hate crime, crisis intervention, elder abuse, and death and dying. He has seven books to his credit. His most recent research has focused on hate crime events and offenders.

In the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, he serves as Honors College Liaison and director of the Keele University Criminology Exchange Program. He is also Co-Director of the Indiana Voting System Technical Oversight Program.


Ph.D. in Sociology

Concentrations in Law & Society, Social Psychology, and Social Gerontology
University of Notre Dame

Featured Scholarship

Byers, B. & Dubois, S. (2017). Teaching About Cold Cases Experientially: Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences and Products. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 28(3), 368-392.

Byers, B. (2008). Amish Victimization and Offending: A Rural Subculture's Experiences and Responses to Crime and Justice. Southern Rural Sociology, 23(2), 226-251.

Becker, P. J., Byers, B., & Jipson, A. (2008). Hate Crime Legislation in Three Border States: Experiences of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. Criminal Law Bulletin, 44(2), 241-255.

Byers, B. & Jones, J. A. (2007). The Impact of the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11 on Anti-Islamic Hate Crime. Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 5(1), 43-56.

Messner, B., Jipson, A., Becker, P., & Byers, B. (2007). The Hardest Hate: A Sociological Analysis of Country Hate Music. Popular Music and Society, 30(4), 513-531.