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Haverford College
Department of History

Roger Lane

Professor Emeritus of History

Office: 707 College Avenue
Phone: 610.649.0556




Historian Roger Lane is a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker for the year 2012-2013 and on the "Distinguished Lecturers" list of the Organization of American Historians. As social and cultural historian, he has won the prestigious Bancroft Award from the Trustees of Columbia University for one of the best two books in American history, (1987), and the Best Book Award from the Urban History Association, (1992). His major publications have involved the study of police, crime, and violence, urban and ethnic history. Named by the Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the top ten teaching professors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, at Haverford College he has won the Lindback Teaching Award, the Students's Association Award for Community Service, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Major publications


  • Policing the City: Boston 1822-1885 (1967)
  • Violent Death in the City: Suicide, Accident Murder in 19th Century Philadelphia (1979)
  • Roots of Violence in Black Philadelphia (1986), winner of the 1987 Bancroft Award as one of two best books in American History
  • William Dorsey's Philadelphia Ours: On the Past and Future of the Black City in America (1991), winner of the 1992 Urban History Association's award
  • Murder in America: A History (1997), named by the Knight-Rider chain as one of the top ten books in Contemporary Affairs category for the year 1997

Appearances in Television Documentaries include:

  • "PBS: After Newtown: Guns in America" Saybrook Productions Ltd, TBA 2/19/2013
  • "PBS: History Detectives," Lion Television. 8/21/06
  • "Al Capone/Elliot Ness" JAK Films, Inc.
  • "Police," produced by Kurtis Productions Ltd.
  • "Gunfighters of the West," DVTV.
  • "The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden," by Pangolin Productions.
  • "Behind The Badge," by JWM Productions.
  • "The Untouchables," by Pangolin Productions.
  • "True Stories of the NYPD," Barbara Newman Productions.
  • "Invitation to a Lynching," Full Circle Productions.