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|Wesley G. Skogan has been a faculty member at Northwestern University since 1971, and
holds joint appointments in 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 crime prevention, victim services, and community-oriented policing.
His books on policing include Police and Community in Chicago; Community Policing: Can
It Work?; On the Beat: Police and Community Problem Solving; and Community Policing,
Chicago Style. These 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; reprints of 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.
In February 2015 he testified before President Obama's Task Force on Policing for the
21st Century, on community policing. During 2015-2016 he participated in drafting the
final report of Chicago's Police Accountability Task Force. More on this report can be
found HERE In October 2016 he was named to the Chicago Police Department's
Community Policing Advisory Panel, which is charged with overhauling the city's
community policing program.
Prof. Skogan's 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; a download of this book is available here.
An article on fear available on this web site is "Crime and the Racial Fears of White
Americans." Some of his research on participation in neighborhood crime prevention
programs is reported in two reprints available here: "Community Organizations and
Crime," and "Communities, Crime, and Neighborhood Organization."
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) reflect this interest. He edited a series of
technical monographs on victimization research that were published by the US
Government Printing Office. He is the author of a major technical review of the National
Crime Survey that was published in Public Opinion Quarterly.
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 the Journal of Criminal Law and
Criminology to Evaluation Review and the British Journal of Criminology. He is a Fellow of
the American Society of Criminology, a member of the Scientific Committee of the
International Society of Criminology, and he was 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. In January 2007, a journal of the American Political Science Association
ranked him (at 14th) one of the “Top 25" members of his age cohort in terms of academic
citations, and across all political scientists he ranked as the 16th most cited member of
the profession’s American Politics subfield.
In a goofy moment, the grocery store tabloid People Magazine published a two-page
profile of Prof Skogan. The pictures are great: People Mag
In 2015 he was awarded 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. The award
was celebrated at the Annual Symposium of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy
at George Mason University.
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