Charles Wellford

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

Areas of Expertise

  • Sentencing
  • Crime measurement
  • Firearms
  • Policing


Charles Wellford, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, is an expert in sentencing, crime measurement, firearms and policing.

Wellford consulted with the Maryland Sentencing Commission, the Research Advisory Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Office of the United States Attorney General. He has chaired several organizations and committees as well as served on numerous state and federal advisory boards and commissions. He was the first criminologist to receive the honor as a lifetime national associate of the National Academy of Sciences, where he served as chair of their Committee on Law and Justice for six years.

He has been published in numerous academic journals and is the author of Clearing Homicides, Criminology in Modern Sociology and Guns and Violence.

Wellford received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and B.A. from the University of Maryland.