Edward R. Maguire is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany in 1997. He has held previous positions at George Mason University, the University of Nebraska, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the United Nations.
Professor Maguire’s professional interests cover a wide range, but most of his work focuses on three topics: policing, violence, and social science research methods.
Throughout his career, Professor Maguire has focused on the study of policing. He has led several externally funded national studies of police organization and innovation within the United States using a variety of research methods. He is particularly interested in using insights from organization theory to improve police agencies. More recently his policing research has begun to focus on procedural justice, protest policing, and the capacity of police to address violent crime.
In recent years, Professor Maguire has also begun to focus more heavily on violence, particularly outbreaks of violence and gang conflict. From 2004-2010, he led a team of American scholars and police officials to diagnose the causes of a violent crime outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago in the eastern Caribbean. Publications emerging from that project provide key insights about police and community efforts to prevent violent crime, particularly homicide and gang violence. He continues to carry out research on gangs and violence throughout the Caribbean.
Professor Maguire is also interested in social science research methods, particularly around measurement issues. Several of his recent papers challenge conventional approaches to measuring important concepts in criminology and other social science disciplines. Improving measurement is one way to accomplish twin objectives: improving theory-testing and making social science more relevant.
Professor Maguire is invited regularly to speak on topics related to crime and justice throughout the United States and around the world. He has written or edited three books and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on various themes related to policing, violence, organization theory, and social science methodology.
Professor Maguire enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, and spending time with his family.