Reid, Lesley, PhD

Interim Dean and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Interim Dean of the School of Social Work
Contact Information
  • Office: 1002 Little Hall
  • Phone: (205) 348-3924
  • Email:
Areas of Interest and Expertise
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Fear of Crime
  • Neighborhood Correlation to Crime

Download Dr. Reid's CV (pdf)


  • BA Wake Forest University
  • MA, Tulane University
  • PhD, Tulane University


Dr. Lesley Reid was named interim dean of UA’s School of Social Work effective Feb. 1, 2019. Prior to joining the School of Social Work, she was a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she also served as chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In that role, she saw double-digit percent increases in both student enrollment and faculty size, as well as the development of a new online degree program. Dr. Reid’s research addresses neighborhood and community effects on crime, with a focus on issues of housing, poverty, and racial and ethnic inequality. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alabama Department of Corrections, among other agencies. She currently serves on the editorial board of City and Community, an American Sociological Association-affiliated journal. Prior to joining UA, Dr. Reid was on faculty at Georgia State University for over a decade. She holds a PhD and an MA in sociology from Tulane University and a BA also in sociology from Wake Forest University.

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