Wesley G. Skogan

Professor of Political Science and IPR Faculty Emeritus


Wesley G. Skogan, an expert on crime and policing, has directed most of IPR's major crime studies over the past three decades. These include research on fear of crime, the impact of crime on communities, public participation in community crime prevention, victimization, and victim responses to crime. Beginning in 1993 he directed an evaluation of Chicago's community policing initiative. Working papers and some recent publications describing this project can be found on the IPR Web site. His newest projects include an evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s procedural justice and legitimacy initiative.

Skogan has written numerous journal articles, monographs, chapters, and books on crime-related subjects. His books on Chicago include: Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities (2006), On the Beat: Police and Community Problem Solving (1999, with Susan M. Hartnett, Jill DuBois, et al.), and Community Policing, Chicago Style, co-authored with Susan Hartnett (1997). In 2003 he edited Community Policing: Can It Work?, a collection of original essays on innovation in policing. His 1990 book, Disorder and Decline: Crime and the Spiral of Decay in American Cities, won the 1991 Distinguished Scholar Award of the Section on Crime and Deviance of the American Sociological Association. Reprints of many of his publications can be found at his personal website: www.skogan.org.

Skogan has been a technical consultant for the Home Office Research Unit of Great Britain, and is frequently tapped as an advisor to city governments and research institutions throughout the United States. He is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology. In 1998, Skogan was awarded a senior fellowship from the Center for Crime, Communities, and Culture of the Open Societies Institute. In 2000, he organized the Committee on Police Policies and Practices for the National Research Council and served as its chairman. He is the co-author (with Kathleen Frydl) of the committee report. It appeared as a book—Fairness and Effectiveness in Policing: The Evidence (The Academies Press, 2004). Earlier he spent two years at the National Institute of Justice as a visiting fellow.

In 2015, he recieved the 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.