Wesley G Skogan Professor

Research Interest(s):  Crime Policy; Politics of Crime; Policing; Conflict Studies

Program Area(s):  American Politics; Law and Politics

Regional Specialization(s):  United States

Department Strength(s):  Law and Politics

Wesley G. Skogan holds a joint appointment in Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research. His most recent books on policing are:  Police and Community in Chicago, and  Community Policing: Can It Work? Prof. Skogan was co-editor of a policy-oriented report from the National Research Council, Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence, and he chaired the committee that produced it. Another line of his research includes crime prevention; this led to his book Coping with Crime, and a number of articles on community responses to crime. Prof. Skogan has also been involved in research on criminal victimization and the evaluation of service programs for victims.

BooksBook Cover: Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities by Wesley Skogan

  • Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2004 (co–edited with Kathleen Frydl).
  • Community Policing: Can It Work? Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2003. (editor and contributor).
  • On the Beat: Police and Community Problem Solving. Boulder, CO: Westview Publishing Co., 1999.
  • Community Policing, Chicago Style. New York and London: Oxford University Press, 1997 (with Susan M. Hartnett).
  • Disorder and Decline: Crime and the Spiral of Decay in American Cities. New York: The Free Press, 1990. 

Select Publications

  • "Why Reforms Fail." In Monique Marks and David Sklansky (eds.) Police Reform from the Bottom Up: Officers and their Unions as Agents of Change. Routledge, 2012.
  • Community Policing in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Police Practice and Research, 14 (No. 4, August), 2013, 308-318.
  • Collective Action, Structural Disadvantage and Crime. Journal of Police Studies, 25, 2012, 135-152.
  • The Place of Civilians in Policing, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 2014, 259-284.
  • Disorder and Crime. In Brandon C. Welsh and David P. Farrington (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, 173-188.

Courses taught

  • 230 Law in the Political Arena
  • 321 Urban Political Processes
  • 395 Police, Crime and Society