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Wesley G Skogan

Professor Emeritus (Also Legal Studies and the Institute for Policy Research)

B.S.: Indiana University, 1965; Ph.D.: Northwestern University, 1971


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

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

Regional Specialization(s): United States

Subfield Specialties: 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. He received the 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. This award is the center's highest honor and recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution and commitment to advance the integration of science with criminal justice practice. This award celebrates CEBCP's core values of doing rigorous science and translating research into practice. The award was presented at the Annual Symposium of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.

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
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