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James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson

From 1985 to 1998, James Q. Wilson was the James Collins Professor of Management at UCLA. Before that he was for twenty-six years the Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including BUREAUCRACY, THINKING ABOUT CRIME, VARIETIES OF POLICE BEHAVIOR, POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS, CRIME AND HUMAN NATURE (with Richard J. Herrnstein), and WATCHING FISHES: Life And Behavior On Coral Reefs (with Roberta Wilson). He has, in addition, edited or contributed to books on urban problems, government regulation of business, and the prevention of delinquency among children. His college-level textbook, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, now in its fifth edition, is the best-selling American government text in the country.

Professor Wilson has served on a number of national commissions concerned with public policy. He has been chairman of the White House Task Force on Crime, chairman of the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention, a member of the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime, a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and chairman of the board of directors of the Police Foundation and of the Board of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and fellow of the American Philosophical Society. He received the James Madison Award for distinguished scholarship from the American Political Science Association and in 1991—1992 served as that organization's president. Educated at the University of Redlands and the University of Chicago, he has received honorary degrees from a number of universities. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2003.

THE MARRIAGE PROBLEM: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families (HarperCollins, 2002)

MORAL JUDGMENT: Does the Abuse Excuse Threaten Our Legal System (Basic Books, 1997)

THE MORAL SENSE (The Free Press, 1993)