Robert J. Kane, PhD

Director and Professor, Criminology and Justice Studies Program

Robert J. Kane

Office: PSA 204
Phone: 215.895.2571
Twitter: @DUCriminology


  • PhD, Temple University, 2001

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Police Authority and Accountability
  • Urban Ecology and Sociology
  • Violence and Public Health
  • Police Strategies and Practices


Professor Kane’s teaching and research interests center around police authority and accountability, the ecology of urban policing, and the intersections among neighborhood violence, justice, urban health, and health behaviors. Kane has conducted field research in Philadelphia, New York City, Phoenix, and the District of Columbia; and he has worked with the police and other justice authorities in the Netherlands, England, and Ireland. Among other scholarly activities, he has recently co-authored a book for NYU Press based on research he conducted in the New York City Police Department on career-ending police misconduct. To date, this was the largest and most comprehensive study of misconduct ever conducted in an American police department. He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing, due out in early 2014.

Professor Kane is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety at Arizona State University, where he is co-Principal Investigator on a nationally funded project that examines the effects of the Taser on cognitive functioning. This project represents the first time that the use of the Taser has been submitted to a randomized control trial.

Kane is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the European Society of Criminology, as well as the Environmental Crime and Crime Analysis group. In addition to his scholarship and regular teaching activities, he enjoys studying comparative justice systems and taking student groups overseas for criminology- and justice-related international tours.

Selected Publications

  • Reisig, M., and Kane, R. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • White, M., and Kane, R. (2013). Pathways to Career-Ending Police Misconduct: An Examination of Patterns, Timing and Organizational Responses to Officer Malfeasance in the NYPD. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 40, 1301-1325.
  • Kane, R., and White, M. (2013). Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department. New York: NYU Press.
  • Kane, R., Gustafson, J., and Bruell, C. (2011). Racial Encroachment and the Formal Control of Space: Minority Group-Threat and Misdemeanor Arrests in Urban Communities. Justice Quarterly. DOI:10.1080/07418825.2011.636376
  • Kane, R. (2011). The Ecology of Unhealthy Places: Violence, Birthweight, and the Importance of Territoriality in Structurally Disadvantaged Communities. Social Science & Medicine, 73, 1585-1592
  • Kane, R., and Cronin, S. (2011). Maintaining Order under the Rule of Law: Occupational Templates and the Police Use of Force. Journal of Crime and Justice, 34, 163-177.