Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
Richard Wright is Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He has been studying active urban street criminals, especially residential burglars, armed robbers, carjackers, and drug dealers for more than a quarter of a century. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including Armed Robbers in Action and Burglars on the Job, which won the 1994-95 Outstanding Scholarship in Crime and Delinquency Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. In addition, he has written widely for the popular press, locally, nationally, and internationally. He has appeared on numerous nationally broadcast TV news programs in the US and Great Britain, and he has been interviewed twice on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Currently he is collaborating on research that examines the effect of the declining use of cash on street crime and drug-related deaths.