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James Q. Wilson

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James Q. Wilson is professor emeritus in government at Harvard University.

According to his University biography, "Since beginning his distinguished career as a professor of government at Harvard University in the 1960's, James Q. Wilson has earned a reputation as a criminologist, economist and political analyst." [1]

"Professor Wilson has served on a number of national commissions concerned with public policy. He was chairman of the White House Task Force on Crime in 1966, chairman of the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention in 1972-1973, a member of the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime in 1981, a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 1985 to 1990, and he now serves on the board of directors of the New England Electric System, Protection One, the RAND Corporation, and State Farm Mutual Insurance. [2]
"He is also Chairman of the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Philosophical Society. In 1990 he received the James Madison award for distinguished scholarship from the American Political Science Association and served as that organization's president." [3]

According to Pepperdine University, Wilson is the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at the University: "Dr. James Q. Wilson has enjoyed a long storied career in the public policy arena. From 1961 to 1987, he taught political science at Harvard University, where he was the Shattuck Professor of Government. He was the James Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA from 1985 until 1997." [4]

"At the time of his appointment at Pepperdine, Wilson was the president of the American Political Science Association. The Association presented to Wilson a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in 2001." [5]



  • Ph.D., 1959, A.M., 1957, University of Chicago
  • A.B., 1952, University of Redlands
  • He has received honorary degrees from six universities (most recently , Harvard University). [6]


  • U.S. Navy, 1952-1955 [7]
  • Member, Council of Academic Advisors, American Enterprise Institute
  • Member, President's Council on Bioethics [8]
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow, American Philosophical Society
  • Member, White House Task Force on Crime 1966
  • Chairman, National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention 1972-1973
  • Member, Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime 1981
  • Member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board 1985 to 1990
  • Award Recipient, James Madison Award for distinguished scholarship, American Political Science Association 1990 and "Lifetime Achievement Award" 2001
  • Director, New England Electric System
  • Director, Protection One
  • Director (Trustee?), RAND Corporation
  • Director, State Farm Mutual Insurance
  • Member of the International Council of the Human Rights Foundation
  • Director, Center for the Study of Social and Political Change [1]

"He is the author or co-author of fourteen books, including Moral Judgement, The Moral Sense. Thinking About Crime, Varieties of Police Behavior, Crime and Human (with Richard J. Herrnstein), Bureaucracy, and On Character. He has in addition edited or contributed to books on urban problems, government regulation of business, and the prevention of delinquency among children, including Crime and Public Policy, From Children to Citizens: Families, Schools, and Delinquency Prevention (with Glenn Loury), and Understanding and Controlling Crime (with David Farrington and Lloyd Ohlin), and Drugs and Crime (with Michael Tonry)." [9]

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External links

  • Wikipedia: James Q. Wilson.
  • Books by James Q. Wilson.
  • James Q. Wilson, Abortion Facts and Feelings II. An Exchange, First Things, May 1994. This article is in response to Hadley Arkes' Abortion Facts and Feelings.
  • James Q. Wilson, From Welfare Reform To Character Development, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, May 14, 1994.
  • James Q. Wilson, Against Homosexual Marriage, Commentary, March 1996.
  • James Q. Wilson, Making Justice Swifter, City Journal, Autumn 1997.
  • James Q. Wilson and Leon Kass, The Ethics of Human Cloning, American Enterprise Institute, March 1999.
  • James Q. Wilson, Two Nations, American Enterprise Instsitute, December 4, 1997; posted January 1, 2000.
  • James Q. Wilson, Gore, Bush, and Crime (cache file), Slate, August 25, 2000.
  • James Q. Wilson, Guns and Bush, Slate, October 13, 2000.
  • James Q. Wilson, Is the Electoral College Worth Saving?, Slate, November 3, 2000.
  • James Q. Wilson, The Decline of Marriage, San Diego Union-Tribune, February 17, 2002.
  • James Q. Wilson, Executing the Retarded. How to think about a new wedge issue, National Review, June 21, 2002.
  • James Q. Wilson, The Reform Islam Needs, City Journal, Autumn 2002.
  • James Q. Wilson, Why We Don't Marry, City Journal, Winter 2002.
  • James Q. Wilson, Hate and Punishment. Does the criminal's motive matter?, National Review, July 23, 2003.
  • James Q. Wilson, Colorblind Versus Blindfolded, Los Angeles Times, July 31, 2003.

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