Dr. Lisa Thomas Briggs

Department of Applied Criminology
Assistant Professor

Lisa Thomas Briggs

Phone: 828-227-2180
Email: lbriggs@email.wcu.edu
Office Address: 418 Belk


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  • Master of Science, North Carolina State University
  • Master of Public Affairs, Western Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science, Western Carolina University

Publications & Presentations:

  • "Hate Crimes: Demonstrating the Broader Scope of Victimization" by Lisa T. Briggs. In Current Issues in Victimology Research, Second Edition, Laura J. Moriarty and Robert A. Jerin, Carolina Academic Press, 2007.
  • The “Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division” in The Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement. Sage Publications, Fall 2004.


Dr. Briggs earned her doctorate in philosophy with specializations in Crime and Delinquency and in Inequality from NC State University. She has field experience in law enforcement and probation and parole. She has taught at three major institutions including: University of Connecticut, North Carolina State University, and East Tennessee State University.

Briggs has been the recipient of “outstanding teaching awards” and is a member of several national and international honor societies including: Alpha Kappa Delta, Alpha Phi Sigma, Pi Gamma Mu, and Gamma Sigma Delta. She also has been selected to the National Chancellor’s list and to the Cambridge Who’s Who of Professional Women.

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