James Wo

Title & Affiliation
Senior Research Fellow Crime and Justice Policy Research Program
Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Criminology


  • PhD, Criminology, Law & Society, University of California-Irvine, 2017
  • MA, Social Ecology, University of California-Irvine, 2012

Professor Wo’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of criminology, urban sociology, and planning and public affairs. His primary research agenda involves examining the spatial distribution of crime as well as the timing by which the risk for crime changes within places (e.g., hours of the day, seasons of the year, and many years). His published research links crime in place to a multitude of social ecological factors, including land uses, community organizations, topography, walkability, and ethnic heterogeneity, to name a few. He has published substantive work in such journals as CriminologyJustice QuarterlyBritish Journal of CriminologyCrime & DelinquencySocial Science ResearchPLOS One, and Journal of Urban Affairs.

Research Interests

  • Criminology
  • Land Uses
  • Organizations
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Urban Sociology