Richard Rosenfeld

Founders Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. crime trends
  • Crime statistics
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Violent crime

Key Findings

  • The 2015 homicide increase in the nation’s large cities was real and nearly unprecedented. MORE
  • There were ten cities that contributed the largest number of homicides to the total increase in 2015. MORE
  • Neither neighborhood racial composition nor socioeconomic status is significantly associated with the frequency of police shootings. MORE


Richard Rosenfeld, Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, is an expert in crime statistics, U.S. crime trends and criminal justice policy.

Rosenfeld served as the criminologist in residence for the City of St. Louis Department of Public Safety and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He was a professor at Skidmore College, the chair of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Understanding Crime Trends and the president of the American Society of Criminology. He currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.

Rosenfeld has published dozens of articles and chapters in scholarly journals as well as co-authored and co-edited books including Crime and the American Dream, Crime and the Economy, Economics and Youth Violence:Crime, Disadvantage, and Community and Contemporary Issues in Criminological Theory and Research: The Role of Social Institutions.

He received his Ph.D. and B.A. in sociology from the University of Oregon.