Dr. Tod Burke

Professor of Criminal Justice



E-Mail: burketod@gmail.com


  • Ph.D., City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

  • M.Phil., City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • M.F.S., The George Washington University

  • B.A., University of Maryland - College Park

Dr. Burke joined the Radford University faculty in 1995 and retired in 2017.


A former Maryland police officer, Dr. Burke's research interests include school/campus violence, domestic violence, serial and mass murder, and issues in policing and forensic science. At Radford University, Dr. Burke serves as advisor to the Delta Chi Fraternity and to the Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice fraternity.  In his spare time, Dr. Burke is an avid tennis player and is the proud parent to a beautiful pup, Stella.  

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
 -Herm Albright, 1876-1944

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Burke was the 2016 recipient of the Richard Tewksbury Award by the Western Society of Criminology, was the 2016 Radford University Foundation Distinguished Creative Scholar Award, was the 2014 recipient of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award, and the 2012 recipient of the Radford University Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Burke is regular commentator on criminal justice issues for many national and local media outlets.