Wesley G. Skogan
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research
PhD, Northwestern University
Wesley G. Skogan holds joint appointments with the Political Science Department and the University's Institute for Policy Research. His research focuses on the interface between the public and the legal system, in policing, community involvement in crime prevention and victim services.
His most recent books on policing are: Police and Community in Chicago (2006), Community Policing: Can It Work? (2003), On the Beat: Police and Community Problem Solving (1999) and Community Policing, Chicago Style (1997). They are all empirical studies of community policing initiatives in Chicago and elsewhere. His 1990 book, Disorder and Decline, examined public involvement in these programs, their efficacy, and the issues involved in police-citizen cooperation in order maintenance; this book won a prize from the American Sociological Association. Prof. Skogan is also the author of two lengthy reports in the Home Office Research Series examining citizen contact and satisfaction with policing in Britain; both are available here. He is co-editor of a policy-oriented report from the National Research Council in Washington, DC: Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence.
His second line of research concerns neighborhood and community responses to crime. This includes work on fear of crime, the impact of crime on neighborhood life, and crime prevention efforts by community organizations. His book Coping with Crime, dealt with all of these issues. Prof. Skogan has also been involved in research on criminal victimization and the evaluation of service programs for victims. His first book (Sample Surveys of Victims of Crime) and a more recent one (Crime Victims, out in a second edition) reflect this interest. He edited a series of technical monographs on victimization research that were published by the US Government Printing Office.
Prof. Skogan has been a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck-Institut (Freiburg), the Dutch Ministry of Justice (WODC), the University of Alberta, and Johns Hopkins University. He spent two years as a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice. He served as a consultant to the British Home Office, developing and analyzing the British Crime Survey. He has twice testified before committees of the US Congress. He has served on the editorial boards of many academic journals, ranging from Evaluation Review and the British Journal of Criminology. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and a Senior Fellow of the Open Society Institute. From 1999-2004 he chaired the National Research Council's Committee on Research on Police Policies and Practices, and was a member of the NRC's Committee on Law and Justice.