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Dennis P. Rosenbaum

Professor Emeritus

Criminology, Law, and Justice


Dr. Rosenbaum, Ph.D. in Psychology, is Professor Emeritus of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC he served as Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of the Center for Research in Law and Justice. He also served as Dean of the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany-SUNY. In 2014 Dr. Rosenbaum was elected the first Chair of the new Division of Policing, American Society of Criminology. In this capacity, he created an Ad Hoc Committee to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing which submitted a series of recommendations from leading policing scholars to improve policing in the United States. Dr. Rosenbaum is a Fellow in the Academy of Experimental Criminology, American Society of Criminology.

Dr. Rosenbaum’s research and evaluation work seeks to bridge the gap between theory, evidence, and practice in policing. His areas of research expertise include procedural justice and impartial policing, community policing, community crime prevention, police accountability and oversight, information technology applications, police training, comprehensive interagency partnerships, and program evaluation/auditing methods. He has published books and scholarly articles on these topics. Dr. Rosenbaum regularly serves as an advisor to local, state, federal and international agencies in the public safety field. He is a member of the national Research Advisory Board of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). He also serves as a member of the Measures for Justice Policing Council, a national council of leading police chiefs and researchers established in 2019 to develop new guidelines for measuring police performance in the 21st century.

From 2015 to 2023, Dr. Rosenbaum served as the Compliance Officer for the Settlement Agreement between the United States Department of Justice and the City of Portland, Oregon, to correct a pattern or practice of excessive force. After extensive observation and analysis of data, Dr. Rosenbaum and his team have recommended a wide range of changes to policy, training, supervisory oversight, accountability, independent civilian oversight, early warning systems, and performance metrics.

From 2018 to 2022, Dr. Rosenbaum served as Associate Monitor for Impartial Policing on the Independent Monitoring Team of the Chicago Consent Decree. Dr. Rosenbaum was responsible for ensuring that the Chicago Police Department sought to minimize any bias toward constitutionally protected classes (including race, age, gender, disabilities, and religion) by introducing new policies, training, accountability, supervision, performance measurement, and other systems.



In addition to classes in Policing, Dr. Rosenbaum taught students how to conduct rigorous research and how to perform strong evaluations of public safety programs. His Program Evaluation class and Quantitative Research Methods class each provided doctoral students with a solid foundation for evaluating evidence-based practices in criminal justice.

Selected Grants

National Institute of Justice, National Police Research Platform, Team Lead

Selected Publications

Rosenbaum, D. P. (2019). “The Limits of Hot Spots Policing.” In D. Weisburd & A. A. Braga (eds.), Police Innovation: Contrasting Perspectives. 2nd Edition. pp. 314-344. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Rosenbaum, D. P. (2017). “The National Police Research Platform: Advancing Knowledge and Practice in American Policing – Guest Editorial.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40 (1), 2-10.

Rosenbaum, D. P., & Lawrence, D. S. (2017). “Teaching procedural justice and communication skills during police–community encounters: Results of a randomized control trial with police recruits.” Journal of Experimental Criminology, 13 (3), 293-319.

Rosenbaum, D. P., Maskaly, J., Lawrence, D. S., Escamilla, J. H., Enciso, G., Christoff, T. E., Posick. C. (2017). “The Police-Community Interaction Survey: Measuring Police Performance in New Ways.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40 (1), 112-127.

Rosenbaum, D. P., & McCarty, W. P. (2017). “Organizational Justice and Officer ‘Buy in’ in American Policing.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40 (1), 11-25.

Rosenbaum, D. P. (2016). “Special issue on police integrity: An introduction.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 39 (2) DOI

Rosenbaum, D.P., & Schuck, A. (2012). “Comprehensive Community Partnerships for Preventing Crime.” In Welsh, B. C., & Farrington, D. P. (eds.). The Oxford Handbook on Crime Prevention. Oxford University Press.

Rosenbaum, D. P. (2007). “Just say No to D.A.R.E.” Criminology and Public Policy, 6: 1701-1711.

Sanchez, C. V., & Rosenbaum, D. P. (2011). “Racialized Policing: Officers‘ Voices on Policing Latino and African American Neighborhoods.” Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 9: 152–178.

Rosenbaum, D. P. (2002). “Evaluating Multi-Agency Anti-Crime Partnerships: Theory, Design, and Measurement Issues.” Crime Prevention Studies, 14: 171-225.

Rosenbaum, D. P. (1993). “Civil Liberties and Aggressive Enforcement: Balancing the Rights of Individuals and Society in the Drug War.” In Davis, R. C., Lurigio, A. J., & Rosenbaum, D. P. (eds.). Drugs and the Community, pp. 55-82. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Rosenbaum, D. P. (1991). “The Pursuit of ‘Justice’ in the United States: A Policy Lesson in the War on Crime and Drugs” Canadian Police College Journal, 15: 239-256.

Rosenbaum, D.P. (1988). “Community Crime Prevention: A Review and Synthesis of the Literature.” Justice Quarterly, 5: 323-395.

Rosenbaum, D.P. (1987). “The Theory and Research Behind Neighborhood Watch: Is it a Sound Fear and Crime Reduction Strategy?” Crime and Delinquency, 33:103-134.

Rosenbaum, D. P., Lurigio, A. J., & Davis, R. C. (1998). The Prevention of Crime: Social and Situational Strategies. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Rosenbaum, D. P. (1994). The Challenge of Community Policing: Testing the Promises. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.


Loyola University Chicago Ph.D. in Social Psychology 1980

University of Waterloo M.A. in Social Psychology 1976

Claremont McKenna College B.A. in Psychology 1974