Michael BachmannAssociate Professor of Criminal Justice

Ph.D., University of Central Florida (2008)
B.S., M.S., University of Mannheim, Germany (2004)

Office: Scharbauer Hall 4208
Phone: (817) 257-5943

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Areas of Specialization:

Cybercrime, Crime Mapping, Foreseeability Analysis of Crime Events

Michael Bachmann is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, the department's Internship Director, and the Editor-in-Chief ofThe Journal of Technology and Crime.  His research spans all facets of the intersection of high technology and the law, ranging from computer hacker subcultures and ethics to the facilitation of crime investigations through geospatial mapping applications.  He is the author of several book chapters and articles on cybercrimes such as Internet piracy, fraud, espionage, malicious code releases, and the use of Internet technology by human trafficking and terrorist organizations.  His work has been translated and published for international audiences in four languages.

Dr. Bachmann’s current projects include two Department of Justice-funded grants with a total volume of $800,000.  He is developing a comprehensive database on the involvement of organized crime syndicates in human trafficking operations and is employing crime mapping technologies to combat gun and gang violence. 

Outside of TCU, Dr. Bachmann serves as a USAID consultant to help combat the rampant crime of extortion in developing countries by advising on issues pertaining to cybercrimes and cyber-investigations, cyber-forensics, and electronic search and seizure procedures as well as cellphone interception, surveillance, and tracking techniques. He supports efforts by the Cook Children’s Health Foundation’s Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment as a consultant for geospatial and statistical analyses. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Boards of the South Asian Society for Criminology & Victimology (SASCV) and the Graduate Cyber Security Program at Henley-Putnam University. 

As an expert witness for the courts, Dr. Bachmann provides written reports, oral depositions, and testimony on questions of foreseeable crime, reasonable standards of care, and adequate security in liability cases.  His expertise in scientific methods and geospatial analyses ensures defensibility of evidence through sound quality control of data collection and processing.


Crime Mapping
Crime Scene Investigation
Deviance and Crime
German Culture in Cologne (Abroad)
Germany: Culture, History & Justice in Cologne (Abroad)
Independent Study
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Masters of the Discipline Lecture Series
Research Methods I
Research Methods II
Senior Honors Thesis

Forthcoming & Select Publications

Diamond, B. & Bachmann, M. (forthcoming). Out of the Beta Phase: Obstacles, Challenges, and Promising Paths in the Study of Cyber-Criminology. In K. Jaishankar (Ed.). Proceedings of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology 2nd Annual Conference.

Wright, J. & Bachmann, M. (revise and resubmit). Inciting criminal violence: An examination of Al Qaida’s persuasive devices in the digital world. Submitted to Journal of Terrorism Research.

Nhan, J. & Bachmann, M. (2014). Developments in cyber criminology. In M. Maguire & D. Okada (Eds.), Critical issues of crime and criminal justice: Thought, policy, and practice. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Bachmann, M., Kinkade, P., & Bachmann, B. (2013). The reversal of punitive justice policies in the United States? The implementation of specialty courts to fight prison overcrowding in Texas. Published in Dutch in The Netherlands Ministry of Justice Journal Justitiele Verkenningen:

Kinkade, P., Bachmann, M., & Bachmann, B. (2013). Hacker Woodstock: Observations on an off-line cyber culture at the Chaos Communication Camp 2011. In T. Holt (Ed.), Crime on-line: Correlates, causes, and context (2nd ed.) (pp. 27-53). Raleigh, NC: Carolina Academic Press. ISBN 978-1611631050

Bachmann, M., & Smith, B. (2012). Human trafficking. In R. McNamara & K. Bell (Eds.), Dimensions of crime as a social problem (pp. 275-287). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. ISBN: 978-1611630824

Bachmann, M. & Smith, B. (2012). Internet fraud. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of cyber behavior (pp. 931-943). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0315-8.ch077

Burns, R., Kinkade, P., & Bachmann, M. (2012). Getting hosed: Petty theft in the car wash industry and the fifth suitability criterion in routine activities theory. The Social Science Journal, 49(3), 263-269. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2011.09.005

Bachmann, M. (2011). Suing the genie back in the bottle: The failed RIAA strategy to deter P2P network users. In K. Jaishankar (Ed.) Cyber criminology: Exploring Internet crimes and criminal behavior (Pp. 155-172). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. ISBN: 978-1439829493

Bachmann, M. (2010). The risk propensity and rationality of computer hackers. International Journal of Cyber Criminology. 4(2), 643-656. ISSN: 0974 – 2891

Bachmann, M. (2010). Deciphering the hacker underground: First quantitative insights. In T. Holt & B. Schell (Eds.) Corporate hacking and technology-driven crime: Social dynamics and implications (pp. 105-127). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. ISBN: 978-1616928056

Nhan, J. & Bachmann, M. (2010). Developments in cyber criminology. In M. Maguire & D. Okada (Eds.), Critical issues of crime and criminal justice: Thought, policy, and practice (pp. 164-177). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. ISBN: 978-1412970570