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Richard Wright, Professor Emeritus

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Watch Richard's recent TEDx talk on cash and crime

Richard retired from the department as a Curators’ Professor in 2014, after 30 very happy years of service. He then joined the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University (GSU) as Professor and Chair. He is the author or co-author of six books, including Code of the Suburb: Inside the World of Young, Middle-Class Drug Dealers (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and more than 75 scholarly articles. He also is co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Fieldwork. Richard was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology in 2009. Currently, he is collaborating with colleagues at UMSL, American University, and GSU on research that examines the effect of the declining use of cash on street crime and drug-related deaths.

Areas of Specialization

Offender decision-making
Drug markets
Cross-cultural and qualitative research


Dr. Wright's CV

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