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Lucien Lombard






Lucian LombardoLucien X. Lombardo, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University. He has been at Old Dominion since 1977. 

He received his doctorate from the School of Criminal Justice, SUNY, Albany in 1978. He also earned a M.A. in Criminal Justice in 1974, a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1969 and a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Rochester in 1967.

Dr. Lombardo also served as a teacher in the Osborne School at Auburn Correctional Facility from 1969-1977 where he taught English and Spanish to students who lived in the maximum-security prison.


Dr. Lombardo teaches courses that are part of the Sociology and Criminal Justice undergraduate and graduate programs, the Work and Professional Studies BS degree program and The Understanding the World of Children and Conflict and its Resolution Interdisciplinary Clusters. Dr. Lombardo also serves as Coordinator of the upper level general education Cluster program, The Work and Professional Studies BS program and the Center for the Study of Work. Dr. Lombardo is a leader in general education and interdisciplinary curriculum development at Old Dominion University.


Over the years, Dr. Lombardo teaching and research have explored the working lives of correctional officers, prison policy processes, collective violence in prisons, the violence process: from suicide to genocide, and violence in the world of children, perspectives on organizational behavior, and the changing nature of work and its relation to higher education. Dr. Lombardo's most current research focuses on assessing the impact of the implementation United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on the lives of children.


Dr. Lombardo is the author of the Choice Magazine Award wining book, Guards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at Work (1st and 2nd updated editions) and Co-editor of the 2nd edition of Prison Violence in America. With Dr. Karen Polonko he is also co-guest editor of a forthcoming edition of the journal Global Bioethics focusing on Children in a Changing World, published by the University of Florence, Italy. In addition, Dr. Lombardo has authored numerous articles, professional presentations and OP-Ed pieces in his areas of expertise.


Dr. Lombardo serves as a board member of EPOCH-USA http://www.stophitting.com/disathome/. He is also co-faculty advisor for In Support of Children, an ODU Student group working to combat violence in the lives of children.


Contact Information

Email Lucien Lombardo

Office: 757.683.3800

Fax: 757.683.5634

Office Hours

Tuesdays 9-11

Wednesdays 1-3

Other times by appointment


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