John Maxwell

Assistant Teaching Professor of Criminology & Justice Studies

John Maxwell

Office: PSA 110
Phone: 215.895.6150


  • MS, Administration of Criminal Justice, Saint Joseph's University, 1990

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Police Administration and Leadership
  • Serial Murders and Rapists
  • Causes of Deviancy


Jack is a criminal justice professional with more than forty years experience in law enforcement with the Philadelphia Police Department, retiring as the One Star Chief Inspector of the Detective Bureau. He has a particular interest in researching unsolved (cold case) murders, serial murderers and rapists, child abuse/domestic violence cases, and the field of Police Administration.

Jack has attended numerous in service training programs during his career; some of which are the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, the Secret Service Executive Protection School, and the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

He has been a supervisor or commander in every major operational bureau of the Philadelphia Police Department. The majority of Jack’s career has been in high profile and sensitive investigations, on the Federal, State and local level. Over Jack’s forty two year career in law enforcement he has received numerous awards and commendations.

Also, Jack has over twenty years of teaching experience. He has developed and taught graduate courses in Police Administration and Ethics, at both Saint Joseph's University and Villanova University. In addition, he has taught in the undergraduate level at Temple University, Alvernia College, and the Community College of Philadelphia, prior to coming to Drexel University.

At Drexel, Jack has developed and teaches courses in Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, Domestic and Family Violence, Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. Jack is the coordinator for the criminal justice summer field work experience and the faculty advisor for the campus “Forensic Science Club.”

Jack continues to be active in numerous criminal justice agencies. He is a past president and executive board member of the Southeast Police Chiefs Association, a board member of the prestigious Vidocq Society, International Chiefs of Police Association, Pa. Police Chiefs Association, and the National Academy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Currently Jack is working on unsolved murder cases for the Vidocq Society, including the famous “Boy in the Box Case” which is a fifty six year old unsolved murder which occurred in Philadelphia.