Wilson, James Q.

Wilson, James Q. (Quinn)

(1931–  ) sociologist, criminologist; born in Denver, Colo. A Chicago Ph.D., he taught at Harvard (1961–87) and the University of California: Los Angeles (1987). He became identified as a neoconservative social scientist in works on criminals and the police, including Varieties of Police Behavior (1968) and Thinking about Crime (1975).
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