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Lawrence Presley

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Office hours by appointment only


  • M.A. in Criminal Justice, University of Detroit
  • M.S. in Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S. in Biology, Wheeling Jesuit University


Lawrence Presley worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 21 years. He served in the Detroit Field Office and Laboratory Division. He worked in the Trace Evidence Unit and was one of the first agents assigned to the DNA Analysis Unit. He later became Chief of the DNA Analysis Unit.

Presley received an FBI commendation for his contribution to the successful investigation and prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He then became chief of the Laboratory Division Quality Assurance Unit and was part of the FBI Laboratory’s first accreditation team. His final posting for the FBI was as the Supervisory Special Agent in the Laboratory Division Training Unit at Quantico, Virginia.

Professional Memberships

  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • American Board of Criminalistics
  • American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

Courses Taught

  • Corrections
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Writing and Research

Research Interests

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Forensic Science
  • Terrorism
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