Edward Maguire

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Police organizations
  • Violent crime
  • Organization theory
  • International violence
  • Prevention and deterrence of crime
  • Community policing
  • Social science research methods

Key Findings

  • Generic strategies, like community policing and increasing the number of police officers, are less effective than more focused policing strategies that target problem people and places. MORE
  • We know little about basic descriptive features of policing and how these features are changing over time. MORE


Edward Maguire, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, is an expert in policing and violence, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Maguire served as a professor at George Mason University and the University of Nebraska. He worked as a social science analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice and the United Nations and as an associate social affairs officer at the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch in Vienna, Austria. He serves as a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has received awards from the Emerald Literati Club and the University of Albany.

McGuire has published more than 60 chapters and articles in scholarly journals such as Police Quarterly, Family Relations and Punishment & Society. He is the author of the book, Organizational Structure in American Police Agencies: Context, Complexity, and Control.

He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in criminal justice from the University of Albany, SUNY and B.S. in criminal justice from the University of Lowell.

Follow Ed on Twitter: @ERMaguire