Dr. Bill Lyons

Dr. Bill Lyons

Title: Professor and Director of Center for Conflict Management
Department: Political Science
Office: Olin 202
Phone: 330-972-5855
Email: wtlyons@uakron.edu
Website: www.uakron.edu/conflict
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Bill began his studies at 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, taught Political Science for a year in Pecs, Hungary in 1992 and as a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing in 2000. 

He now lives in Akron with his wife and two sons.  Bill enjoys playing basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, fencing, ping-pong as well as body surfing, Chinese chess, tai ji, 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.

Research Accomplishments

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

Bill teaches various public law courses, from Constitutional Law to Law & Society, as well as the conflict management core course (Law, Mediation, and Violence), an upper division course called Understanding Racial and Gender Conflict, and our introductory course called Government & Politics in the US.   In 2009 he was recognized by the UA Alumni Association as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the University of Akron.

A graduate of the doctoral program at the University of Washington, 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.  He is currently working on a book project focusing on Christian approaches to conflict.

Areas of Responsibility

Conflict Management