Dr. Bill Lyons

Dr. Bill Lyons

Title: Professor and Director of Center for Conflict Management
Dept/Program: Political Science
Office: Olin 202
Phone: 330-972-5855
Email: wtlyons@uakron.edu
Website: http://www.uakron.edu/conflict/index.dot
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Bill began his studies, like most of our students at UA, as a first-generation college student attending the state university closest to his hometown, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, majoring in Economics and Chinese language.  He completed a Masters Degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and his doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle.  

On the way, Bill taught Political Science in Pecs, Hungary as a Soros Fellow in 1992 and in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar in 2000. 

He now lives in Akron with his wife and their dog.  Bill enjoys basketball, volleyball, frisbee, fencing, ping-pong, body surfing, dog walks, and gardening.

Please drop into Olin 202 or post wtlyons@uakron.edu or call 972-5855 anytime if you have questions about politics, conflict management, the Red Sox, or how to succeed in college.

Ph.D., University of Washington, 1995, Professor and Director, Conflict Management.
Fields: Law and Society, Policing Reform and Urban Politics, Comparative Criminal Justice, Conflict Management, Public Law

Research Accomplishments

Bill has served as Director of the Center for Conflict Management since 2001. 

Bill teaches various courses, from Constitutional Law to Law & Society, as well as the conflict management core course (Law, Mediation, and Violence) and a Social Entrepreneurship course. In 2009 he was recognized by the UA Alumni Association as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Akron

Bill’s first book manuscript, The Politics of Community Policing (1999, University of Michigan Press), was an analysis of the neighborhood politics surrounding the emergence of community policing in Seattle.  In 2006 he published Punishing Schools (co-authored with Julie Drew) with the University of Michigan Press and in 2010 Sound-Bite Saboteurs (co-authored with Julie Drew and Lance Svehla) with SUNY Press.  

Areas of Responsibility

Conflict Management