Dr. William Lally

Dr. William Lally

Assistant Professor

Office: Burgess Hall Suite 106C
Phone: (309)467-6405
Email: wlally@eureka.edu


Ph.D., Sociology/Criminal Deviance, Bowling Green State University, 2014
M.S., Criminal Justice, Illinois State University, 2002
B.S., Criminal Justice, Illinois State University, 1998

Research Interests

In general, my research interests explore how race, gender, and class, as social characteristics, can influence legal outcomes. My research includes studies that utilize data from the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS) in an effort to propose an integrated theoretical model that has the capacity to predict adjudication outcomes with an acceptable level of credibility. Although much work has been done focusing on how social characteristics may influence law enforcement practices, few have attempted to combine various models into one framework. Social geometry uses a muti-dimensional approach in its attempt to explain observed variations in the behavior of law. In addition, social geometry posits that by holding constant the conduct of parties involved, case outcomes vary with their location and direction in social space, or their social geometry.

Teaching Interests

My teaching philosophy centers on the role of facilitator as opposed to lecturer. I prefer student-centered teaching that encourages learning by both student and teacher. Classroom dynamics that allow for an exchange of ideas and foster a degree of student input provide for better learning environments than those that only allow for one-way discourse.

Professional Activity

Professional Presentations

What is the State of the Illinois Criminal Justice System? Roundtable discussion and presentation given at the Illinois Sociological Association Conference, Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois, October 2010.

Recognizing Deception: A Kinesics Approach to Police Interviews and Interrogations, Given at the Indiana Correctional Association North District Conference, Decatur, Indiana, May 2007.

Manuscript Reviewing

Manuscript Reviewer, Prentice Hall, 2005–2007


American Sociological Association
Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Alumni Association


United States Navy 1990–1996 Master at Arms (Military Police)


Crime Scene Processing February 2005
Critical Incident Operation Command and Planning September 2004
Police Supervisors Course September 2000
Juvenile Officer October 1998
Criminal Intelligence Analyst September 1997
PPCT Defensive Tactics System April 1997
Criminal Patrol Drug Enforcement Officer October 1995


Lally, W. E., & DeMaris, A. (2012). Arresting the Perpetrator in Intimate-Partner Violence: A Comparative Analysis of Gender and Relational Distance Effects. Crime and Delinquency, 58(1), 103-123. doi: 10.1177/0011128711420102

Lally, W. E. (2008). Safety Issues During Traffic Stops. In M. Birzer & C. Roberson, Police Field Operations: Theory Meets Practice (p. 254). New York: Pearson Education, Inc.

Lally, W. E. (2002). Impact of Small-Town Politics on Policing (Master’s thesis). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.

Papers in Progress

Lally, W. E. The Influence of Race, Gender, and Class on Traffic Enforcement Practices? A Critical Analysis. Manuscript being prepared for journal submission.

Other Authored Works

Lally, W. E. (2006). Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation . ITT Technical Institute (Online Class Template): Pearson Education, Inc.

Lally, W. E. (2005). Criminal Investigation. ITT Technical Institute (Online Class Template): Pearson Education, Inc.


In addition to my instructional background, I am also a graduate of Northwestern’s School of Police Staff and Command, as well as, the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. Aside from my training, I have over 20 years experience as a law enforcement officer. Past duties range from traffic control and criminal investigations to patrol sergeant and chief of police.