Welcome!  Ed Maguire is a Professor in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. This page is a resource for students, colleagues, and others interested in learning more about his research, teaching, and service activities.

Professor Maguire is a criminologist who does policy-relevant research that focuses primarily on police organizations and violent crime (especially outbreaks of violence).  He recently finished two major externally funded research projects: a six-year study of a violent crime outbreak in Trinidad and Tobago, and a four-year study of human trafficking in the Philippines.  He and his colleagues also recently finished a national study of ballistic evidence processing in American police departments.  He is currently leading a national study of protest policing in the U.S., a study of predictive policing in Uruguay, a study of transnational crime in El Salvador and the U.S., and several studies of policing, gangs and violence in the Caribbean.

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Johnson, D., Maguire, E.R., and Kuhns, J.B. (In Press). Public Perceptions of the Legitimacy of the Law and Legal Authorities: Evidence from the Caribbean. Law and Society Review.

Maguire, E.R., Uchida, C.D., and Hassell, K. (In Press). "Problem-Oriented Policing in Colorado Springs: A Content Analysis of 753 Cases." Crime and Delinquency.

Maguire, E.R. (2014). “Police Organizations and the Iron Cage of Rationality.” In Oxford Handbook on Police and Policing, edited by M. Reisig and R. Kane. New York: Oxford University Press.

Maguire, E.R. and King, W.R. (2013). "Transferring Criminal Investigation Methods from Developed to Developing Nations." Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 23(3): 346-361.

Maguire, E.R. (2013). "Exploring Family Risk and Protective Factors for Adolescent Problem Behaviors in the Caribbean." Maternal and Child Health Journal. 17(8): 1488-1498.

Cao, L. and Maguire, E.R. (2013). "A Test of the Temperance Hypothesis: Class, Religiosity, and Tolerance of Prostitution." Social Problems , 60(2): 188-205.

Kuhns, J.B. and Maguire, E.R. (2012). "Drug and Alcohol Use by Homicide Victims in Trinidad and Tobago, 2001-2007." Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 8(3): 243-251.

Katz, C.M., Maguire, E.R., and Choate, D. (2011). “A Cross-National Comparison of Gangs in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.” International Criminal Justice Review, 21(3): 243-262.

Kuhns, J.B., Wilson, D.B., Clodfelter, T., Maguire, E.R., and Ainsworth, S. (2011). “A Meta-Analysis of Alcohol Toxicology Study Findings among Homicide Victims.” Addiction, 106(1): 62-72.

Maguire, E.R. and W.R. King (2011). “Federal-Local Coordination in Homeland Security.” Pp. 322-356 in Criminologists on Terrorism, edited by B. Forst, J. Greene, and J. Lynch. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Maguire, E.R., Wells, W. and Katz, C.M. (2011). “Measuring Community Risk and Protective Factors for Adolescent Problem Behaviors: Evidence from a Developing Nation.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 48(4): 594-620.

October 22, 2014
Maguire gives a talk in Curacao on "Gangs and Organized Crime in the Caribbean" at a meeting of police chiefs and lead prosecutors from the Dutch Caribbean.

October 21, 2014
Maguire gives a talk on "Group- and Gang-Related Crime in Curacao" to government officials in Curacao. For news coverage, click here.

September 11, 2014

Maguire speaks with PhD students at an event hosted by Griffith University's Centre of Excellence in Policing & Security in Brisbane, Australia

September 8, 2014

Maguire gives a talk on policing major events at the Future of Policing Symposium in Brisbane, Australia

July 31, 2014

Maguire is appointed as a special advisory member of the government of Uruguay's Scientific Advisory Committee on marijuana legalization.

June 14, 2014

Maguire makes a video presentation on gangs and violence at the Dana Saroop Seetahal Symposium on Re-Engineering the Criminal Justice System, held in Trinidad & Tobago. For news coverage, click here.

May 15, 2014

Maguire and colleagues publish a brief in The Police Chief magazine on the strategic potential of ballistic imaging for reducing gun crime.

December 4, 2013

Two of Maguire's papers appear on a list of the ten articles published in Justice Quarterly that reflect "the best of policing research."

November 21, 2013

Maguire gives a talk about his study of protest policing at the American Society of Criminology conference in Atlanta.

October 30, 2013

Maguire gives talks at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the World Bank on the effectiveness of gang truces. Click here for more information.

October 17, 2013

Maguire and his colleagues do a press conference outlining their work with the police in Uruguay. Click the following links for details: 1 , 2 , 3, 4

October 14, 2013

Maguire gives a talk on community policing at an IDB conference in Montevideo, Uruguay. The presentation is available here in English and Spanish.

August 28, 2013

Maguire and his colleagues win a $671,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to study trans-national crime in the U.S. and Latin America.

July 12, 2013

Maguire teaches a one-week introductory course in Strategic Crime Control to police managers and leaders in Montevideo, Uruguay.

June 28, 2013

Maguire gives a talk on gangs and violence in the Caribbean for the Dutch RST (Special Police Task Force) in Aruba.

June 27, 2013

Maguire gives a talk on gangs and violence in the Caribbean for the Dutch RST (Special Police Task Force) in Curacao.

April 25, 2013

Maguire gives a talk on faith-based initiatives for reducing gang violence at the Workshop on Gangs and Governance in the Caribbean, held in Miami.

April 5, 2013

Maguire gives a talk on gangs and violence in the Caribbean for the Dutch RST (Special Police Task Force) and prosecutors in St. Maarten.

March 29, 2013

Maguire gives a talk at a panel on the gang truce in El Salvador hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America. Click here to see the video.

March 23, 2013

Maguire presents a paper on "Support for Punitive and Progressive Crime Policies in the Caribbean" at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Dallas.

January 17, 2013

Maguire gives a talk on research, policing, and crime reduction at the Summit on the Economics of Policing hosted by Public Safety Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

November 14, 2012

Maguire presents a paper on "The Antecedents of Informal Social Control in the Caribbean" at the American Society of Criminology conference in Chicago.

November 3, 2012

Maguire is interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about police staffing issues.  Click here to read the story.

October 30, 2012

Maguire is invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the Houston Police Department Eyewitness Identification Experiment.

September 28, 2012

Maguire gives presentation at the Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis on diagnosing and reducing gang violence.

September 19, 2012

Maguire gives talks on police innovation and problem-oriented policing at the Police Executive Leadership Workshop in Springfield, Illinois.

August 1, 2012

Maguire wins a $400,000 grant from the COPS Office to study the policing of the Occupy movement in the U.S.


Does providing patrol officers with citizen feedback improve their performance?  We conducted a randomized experiment to find out.

Wells, W., Horney, J., and Maguire, E.R. (2005). “Patrol Officer Responses to Citizen Feedback: An Experimental Analysis.” Police Quarterly, 8(2): 171-205.