Criminology and Criminal Justice

Richard Wright, Curators' Professor


richard wright

Richard is Curators' Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Editor-in-Chief of Oxford Bibliographies [Criminology]. He has been studying active urban street criminals, especially residential burglars, armed robbers, carjackers, and drug dealers for nearly twenty years. He is the author or co-author of five books and seventy scholarly articles and book chapters, including Armed Robbers in Action and Burglars on the Job, which won the 1994-95 Outstanding Scholarship in Crime and Delinquency Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. He also is co-editor of The Sage Handbook of Fieldwork. In addition, he has written widely for the popular press, locally, nationally, and internationally. He has appeared on numerous nationally broadcast TV news programs in the US and Great Britain, and he has been interviewed twice on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Justice, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, Icelandic Research Council, National Consortium on Violence Research, and Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His most recent book, co-authored with Bruce Jacobs, is Street Justice: Retaliation in the Criminal Underworld, which was published by Cambridge University Press in May, 2006. Currently he is collaborating with Rick Rosenfeld and Scott Jacques on research into the influence of respectability on predation and social control among drug dealers in Amsterdam's red-light district. 

Areas of Specialization
Offender decision-making
Drug markets
Cross-cultural and qualitative research

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Dr. Wright's CV

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