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CHARLES.KATZ@asu.edu

Professor
Center for Violence Prevention
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Mail Code: 3120

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Bio

Charles Katz is the Watts Family Director of the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety and is an Associate Professor in School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 1997 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Much of his research focuses on gangs and strategic responses to community gang problems.  Currently, Dr. Katz is involved in a locally funded project interviewing recently booked arrestees in Maricopa County, Arizona. The research aims to understand the scope and nature of the county’s gang problem, organizational structure of gangs, and the connection between crime, drug use, and gangs.  He is also working with the Organization of American States (OAS) to understand the gang problem in the Caribbean and develop a regionally-based gang prevention program. Additionally, he is currently working on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security examining the connection between MS13 in El Salvador and the United States, and is a partner in The National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

 

Over the past 10 years much of Dr. Katz’ work focuses on understanding strategic responses to gangs.  For example, he was the principal investigator for a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded project examining the police response to gangs in four cities: Phoenix, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas Nevada, and Inglewood, California.  Related to this research Dr. Katz spent over 2,000 hours in the field with gang unit officers across the country examining organizational structures and operational strategies that are effective in responding to gangs.  In addition, he worked with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the City of Mesa, Arizona to evaluate the effectiveness of the Comprehensive Community-Wide Gang Intervention project in Mesa, Arizona; and served as the lead evaluator and research partner for the Nevada Project Safe Neighborhoods project to evaluate a multi-disciplinary response to gangs and gun violence in Clark County, Nevada.  From 2004 to 2010 he worked under contract with the Ministry of National Security of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to address the nation’s gang problem, including the establishment of a gang unit, homicide unit, crime analysis unit, and the implementation of vertical prosecution strategies.  He is the (co) author of several peer reviewed articles, monographs, and books including Policing Gangs in America (Cambridge University Press: 2006) and The Police in America (McGraw Hill: 2008).

 

Research Interests

  • Policing, Gangs, Violence, Drug Use, Public policy, Program evaluation

Courses

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CRJ 462 Gangs

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CRJ 603 Advanced Research Design

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CRJ 462 Gangs

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CRJ 230 Introduction to Policing

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CRJ 603 Advanced Research Design

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CRJ 462 Gangs

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CRJ 512 Seminar in Policing

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Armstrong, Todd, Charles M. Katz, and Stephen Schnebly. The relationship between citizen perceptions of collective efficacy, crime, and victimization. Crime & Delinquency (2015).

  2. Armstrong, Todd, Gaylene S. Armstrong, and Charles M. Katz.. Testing the influence of community characteristics on school misconduct.. Justice Quarterly (2015).

  3. Fox, Andrew, Charles M. Katz, David E. Choate, Eric C. Hedberg.. Evaluation of the Phoenix TRUCE Project: A Replication of Chicago CeaseFire.. Justice Quarterly (2015).

  4. Katz, Charles M. and Enrique Amaya, Luis. The Gang Truce as a Form of Violence Intervention. FUNDE: San Salvador.. Report submited to FUNDE, San Salvador. (2015).

  5. Katz, Charles M. and Lidia Nuno. Diagnosing Your Community’s Gang Problem: Avoid the Kitchen Sink Approach. National Gang Center Fall 2015 Newsletter. (2015).

  6. Katz, Charles M. Mike Kurtenbach, David E. Choate, and Michael D. White,. Phoenix, Arizona, Smart Policing Initiative: Evaluating the Impact of Police Officer Body-Worn Cameras.. Bureau of Justice Assistance & CNA (2015).

  7. Maguire, Edward, William King, William Wells, and Charles Katz. Potential unintended consequences of the movement toward forensic laboratory independence. Police Quarterly (2015).

  8. Taylor, Melanie, Scott Decker and Charles Katz. Statewide Responses to a Proposed Realignment of Juvenile Corrections in Arizona. Criminal Justice Review, (2015).

  9. Edited book: Harriott, Anthony and Charles M. Katz. Gangs in the Caribbean: Responses of State and Society.. University of the West Indies Press: Kingston. (2015).

  10. Book chapter: Differences in gang membership, delinquency, and victimization among school youth from Trinidad and Tobago and the United States. Katz, Charles M. and Andrew Fox. Gangs in the Caribbean: Responses of State and Society. University of the West Indies Press: Kingston. (2015).

  11. Book chapter: Katz, Charles M. An introduction to gangs and gang violence in the Caribbean. Gangs in the Caribbean: Responses of State and Society. University of the West Indies Press: Kingston. (2015).

  12. Book chapter: Katz, Charles M. and Edward Maguire. Diagnosing gang violence in the Caribbean. Gangs in the Caribbean: Responses of State and Society. University of the West Indies Press: Kingston. (2015).

  13. King, William, William Wells, Charles Katz, Edward Maguire, and James Frank. "Research in Brief: Using NIBIN ballistic imaging hits for the strategic targeting of violent criminal networks." Police Chief Magazine (May 2014). http://www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?fuseaction=display&article_id=3348&issue_id=52014. Research in Brief: Using NIBIN ballistic imaging hits for the strategic targeting of violent criminal networks.". Police Chief Magazine (2014).

  14. Katz, Charles M., Danielle Wallace, and Eric Hedberg. The temporal impact of foreclosure on neighborhood crime and disorder. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency (2013).

  15. Stevenson, Philip, Charles M. Katz, and Scott Decker.. The foundation of an evidence-based justice system: The need for meaningful academic and applied researcher partnerships.. Translational Criminology (2013).

  16. Taylor, Melanie, Scott H. Decker, and Charles M. Katz.. Consent decrees and juvenile corrections in Arizona: What happens when oversight ends.. JRSA Forum (2013).

  17. White, Michael D. and Katz, Charles M.. Policing convenience store crime: Lessons from the Glendale, Arizona Smart policing Initiative. Police Quarterly (2013).

  18. Walker, Samuel, Katz, Charles. The Police in America: An Introduction. McGraw-Hill (2013).

  19. Katz, Charles M., Andrew Fox, Chester Britt, and Phillip Stevenson. Understanding Police Gang Data at the Aggregate Level: An Examination of the Reliability of National Youth Gang Survey Data. Journal of Justice Research and Policy (2012).

  20. Wallace, Danielle, E.C. Hedberg, and Charles M. Katz. The Impact of Foreclosures on Neighborhood Disorder before and During the Housing Crisis: Testing the Spiral of Decay. Social Science Quarterly (2012).

  21. Book chapter: Charles Katz (blinded). Reducing the contribution of street gangs and organized crime to violence. Caribbean Human Development Report 2012. United National Development Program (2012).

  22. Book chapter: Pyrooz, David, Fox, Andrew, Katz, Charles, Decker, Scott. Gang organization, offending and victimization: A cross national analysis. Youth Gangs in International Perspective. Springer (2012).

  23. Katz, Charles M. and Stephen Schnebly. Neighborhood Variation in Gang Member Concentrations. Crime & Delinquency (2011).

  24. Katz, Charles M., Andrew Fox and Michael White. Examining the relationship between illegal immigration, and drug use. Justice Quarterly (2011).

  25. Katz, Charles M., Edward R. Maguire, and David Choate. "A cross-national comparison of gangs in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.". "A cross-national comparison of gangs in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.. International Criminal Justice Review (2011).

  26. Katz, Charles M., Kate Fox, Vincent J. Webb, and Jennifer Shaffer. Understanding the relationship between violent victimization and gang membership. Journal of Criminal Justice (2011).

  27. Maguire, Edward R., William Wells, and Charles M. Katz. Measuring Community Risk and Protective Factors for Adolescent Problem Behaviors: Evidence from a Developing Nation.. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency (2011).

  28. Walker, Samuel, Katz, Charles. The Police in America: An Introduction. McGraw-Hill (2011).

  29. Vincent Webb, Charles Katz, Scott Decker. Asessing the validity of self-reports by gang members: Results from the Arrestee Drug-Abuse Monitoring program. Crime & Delinquency (2006).

  30. Katz, Charles, Webb, Vincent J. Policing Gangs in America. Cambridge University Press (2006).

  31. Book chapter: Webb, Vincent J (Author) ,Katz, Charles (Author) . A Study of Police Gang Units in Six Cities. The Modern Gang Reader. Roxbury Publishing (2006).

  32. Charles Katz, Vincent Webb, Scott Decker. Using the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program to further understand the relationship between drug use and gang membership. Justice Quarterly (2005).

  33. Nancy Rodriguez, Charles Katz, Vincent Webb, David Schaefer. Examining the impact of individual, community, and market factors on methamphetamine use: A tale of two cities. Journal of Drug Issues (2005).

  34. Book chapter: Contemporary Policing: Controversies, Challenges, and Solutions. Roxbury Publishing Company (2004).

  35. Charles Katz. Issues in the Production and Dissemination of Gang Statistics: An Ethnographic Study of a Large Midwestern Police Gang Unit. Crime and Delinquency (2003).

  36. Charles Katz, Vincent Webb, Todd Armstrong. Fear and Gangs: A Test of Alternative Theoretical Models. Justice Quarterly (2003).

  37. Decker, Scott, Alarid, Leanne, Katz, Charles. Controversies in Criminal Justice: A Contemporary Reader. Roxbury Publishing Company (2003).

  38. Book chapter: Webb, Vincent J (Author) ,Katz, Charles (Author) . Policing gangs in an Era of Community Policing. Policing Gangs and Youth Violence. Belmont (2003).

  39. Charles Katz, Edward Maguire, Dennis Roncek. The Creation of Specialized Police Gang Units: Testing Contingency, Social Threat, and Resource-Dependency Explanations. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management (2002).

  40. Edward Maguire, Charles Katz. Loose Coupling, Sensemaking, and Community Policing in American Police Agencies. Justice Quarterly (2002).

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Presentations

  1. Katz, Charles M. An institutional perspective on gangs and responding to gangs. National Gang Center Advisory Group Meeting. (Nov 2015).
  2. Katz, Charles M. Universities and Violence in the Northern Triangle: A Central American Institute of Criminology.. National Citizen Security and Coexistence Council of El Salvador. Salvadorian White House. (Sep 2015).
  3. Katz, Charles M. and Mike Kurtenbach. Evaluating the impact of officer worn body cameras in the Phoenix Police Department.. annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. (Mar 2015).
  4. Fox, Andrew, Charles Katz, David Choate, Eric Hedberg Evaluation of the Phoenix TRUCE Project: A Replication of the Chicago Ceasefire Project.. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Orlando, FL.. (Mar 2015).
  5. Katz, Charles M. Current evidence on the impact of Body Worn Cameras in the United States of America. White House Convening on BWC toolkit. (Mar 2015).
  6. Katz, Charles M., Mike Kurtenbach, David Choate, Justin Ready. Webinar on the use of body worn cameras in Phoenix, SMART Policing/Bureau of Justice Assistance, December. Webinar on the use of body worn cameras in Phoenix, SMART Policing/Bureau of Justice Assistance, December.. Webinar on the use of body worn cameras in Phoenix. (Dec 2014).
  7. Katz, Charles M. Lidia Nuno, David Choate, and Erica Vera Native Americans, Gangs and Delinquency. annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Nov 2013).
  8. Katz, Charles M. Are the police making the grade: Police accountability in the 21st Century?. Colloquia at University of Missouri- Kansas City. (Oct 2013).
  9. Katz, Charles M., Andrew Fox, Michael White, and David Choate The role of social network analysis in intelligence let policing. Bureau of Justice Assistance, October 28, 2013, Webinar.. (Oct 2013).
  10. Katz, Charles M. Understanding the role of social network analysis in intelligence led policing. 2013 Phoenix Police Department symposia for command staff. (Aug 2013).
  11. Katz, Charles M. Phoenix CeaseFire and its implications for policing gangs. Congressional Briefing at the United States Capital. (Apr 2013).
  12. Katz, Charles M. "Toward the establishment of the Arizona NVDRS site and its potential for local application. The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS): Understanding Violent Deaths So We Can Prevent. (Mar 2013).
  13. Katz, Charles M., Lidia Nuno, Anthony Harriott Street gangs across the Caribbean. the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. (Mar 2013).
  14. Nuno, Lidia and Charles M. Katz Gang Joining: The Influence of Individual, School, and Community Factors. annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Nov 2012).
  15. Katz, Charles M. An overview of gangs and gang violence in the Caribbean. Symposium on Gangs and Gang Violence in the Caribbean, Washington, DC.. (Oct 2012).
  16. Katz, Charles M Grading Police Organizations. Arizona Police Planners Association annual meeting. (Jun 2012).
  17. Katz, Charles M Methodological approaches to understanding human trafficking. Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law Symposia. (May 2012).
  18. Coldren, Chip and Charles M. Katz Smart Policing: Integrating Evidence-Based Practices into Police Departments. 2012 SMART Policing Conference.. (May 2012).
  19. Katz, Charles M Gangs, Gang Members, and Gang Violence in the Caribbean. International Conference on Gangs, Violence, and Governance in Port of Spain, Trinidad.. (Nov 2011).
  20. Ready, Justin, Clair Vaughn-Uding, Charles Katz, and David Choate The Effects of Risk Aversion on Illegal Prescription Drug Use: Identifying Predictors of RX Drug Use in a Representative Sample of Arrestees. annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Nov 2011).
  21. Katz, Charles M. Danielle Wallace, and Eric Hedberg A longitudinal assessment of the impact of home foreclosures on neighborhood crime. annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Nov 2011).
  22. Katz, Charles M. and Andrew Fox. The reliability of the National Gang Youth Survey data. annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Nov 2011).
  23. Fox, Andrew. Choate, David, Katz, Charles. M., Hedberg, E. C., and Marvastian, Shirin. Evaluation of the Phoenix TRUCE Project: A Replication of Chicago CeaseFire. annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology. (Nov 2011).
  24. Katz, Charles M. and Andrew Fox Using the Eurogang Gang Expert Survey in Central America and the Caribbean. Eurogang XI annual meeting in Hillerod, Denmark. (Jun 2011).
  25. Katz, Charles M Cops as Gang Experts. Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. (May 2011).
  26. Katz, Charles M Recent Findings from the Arizona Arrestee Reporting and Information System (AARIN). National Institute on Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Working Group. NIDA. (Mar 2011).
  27. Katz, Charles M. and Andrew Fox A comparative study of youth gang membership in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago. Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Criminology. (Feb 2011).
  28. Katz, Charles Problem Solving Practices in Schools: An Evaluation of the Police-School Relationship in Redlands, California. School Safety: Technologies, Researcher, and Emerging Concepts Conference 2002.
  29. Katz, Charles, Webb, Vincent Policing Gangs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Youth Gang Symposium.
  30. Katz, Charles, Webb, Vincent Policing Gangs in an Era of Community Policing: Organizational and Structural Impediments to Change. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  31. Katz, Charles, Webb, Vincent, Armstrong, Todd Fear and Gangs: Implications for Victimization, Disorder, Community Concern, and Subcultural Diversity. Annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  32. Katz, Charles Examining Drug Trends in Maricopa County. Arizona Crime Analyst Association Quarterly Meeting.
  33. Katz, Charles Measuring Police Performance in an Era of Community Policing. International Association of Law Enforcement Planners, Southwest Chapter Meeting.
  34. Katz, Charles Problem Solving Practices in Schools: An Evaluation of the Police-School Relationship in Redlands, California and Bullhead City Arizona. American Association of Women's National Convention.
  35. Katz, Charles, Webb, Vincent Issues in Analyzing Racially Based Police Stop Data. Executive Staff of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
  36. Rodriguez, Nancy, Katz, Charles, Webb, Vincent Examining the Impact of Individual, Neighborhood, and Market Factors on Methamphetamine Use: A Tale of Two Cities. Annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.
  37. Katz, Charles A Critical Response to Improving Public Safety and Well-Being in Our Communities. President's Community Enrichment Programs at Arizona State University.
  38. Katz, Charles, Ballance, Steve, Choate, David Responding to Gangs in Cochise County, Arizona. Annual Juvenile Concerns Conference, What Works.
  39. Katz, Charles, Choate, David Diagnosing Trinidad & Tobago's Gang Problem. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology.
  40. Katz, Charles, Choate, David The Phoenix Sex Offender Clustering Study. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology.

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Service

  1. Prisoner Advocate, Human Subjects Review Board, Research Compliance Office, Member (2006 - present)
  2. Scholarship, Research & Creative Activities, ASU, Chair (2006 - present)
  3. Justice Quarterly, Deputy Editor (2005 - present)
  4. Research Advisory Council. ASU West, Chair (2005 - present)
  5. Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, state gang survey and monograph, Survey Consultant (2001 - present)
  6. Criminal Justice Assessment Committee, Member (1999 - present)
  7. Phoenix Police Foundation., Board Member and Secretary (2014 - 2016)
  8. Safe States National Violent Death Reporting System Special Interest Group., Member (2013 - 2016)
  9. President’s Academic Council, Member (2011 - 2016)
  10. Human Subjects Review Board, Research Compliance Office, Alternate member (2006 - 2016)
  11. Human Subjects Review Board, Research Compliance Office, Prisoner advocate (2006 - 2016)
  12. Outstanding Book Award Committee, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Chair (2015 - 2016)
  13. Outstanding Mentor Award Committee, Academy of Criminal Jusitce Sciences, Member (2014 - 2015)
  14. Caribbean Journal of Criminology., Associate Editor (2012 - 2015)
  15. Editorial Board, Journal of Intelligence & Analysis., Member (2012 - 2015)
  16. Injury Policy Committee, Arizona Department of Health Services, Member (2011 - 2015)
  17. Editorial Board, Police Quarterly., Member (2008 - 2015)
  18. Comprehensive Exams Committee for Ph.D. students., Chair (2014 - 2015)
  19. Prevalence of juvenile sex trafficking in Asia. International Justice Mission (IJM)., Methodological advisor (2014 - 2015)
  20. Promotion and Tenure Committee, Member (2014 - 2015)
  21. Member, NIJ’s standing scientific review panel (SRP) for technology, Member (2013 - 2015)
  22. Caribbean Journal of Criminology, Associate Editor (2012 - 2014)
  23. Tenure and Promotion Committee, Chair (2013 - 2014)
  24. Los Angeles gang reduction and youth development (GRYD) project. Sponsored by the Office of the Mayor, Los Angeles, California., Evaluation Advisory Committee Member (2010 - 2014)
  25. Human Subjects Review Board, Research Compliance Office, Alternate member (2006 - 2014)
  26. Prisoner Advocate, Human Subjects Review Board, Research Compliance Office, Member, Prisoner Advocate (2006 - 2014)
  27. Special Issue (edited by Michael D. White and Charles M. Katz). Police Quarterly, Guess editor (2013)
  28. Editorial Board, Journal of Intelligence & Analysis, Member (2012 - 2013)
  29. Injury Policy Committee, Arizona Department of Health Services, Member (2011 - 2013)
  30. Editorial Board, Police Quarterly., Member (2008 - 2013)
  31. Executive Committee, Chair (2012 - 2013)
  32. Tenure and Promotion Committee, Member (2012 - 2013)
  33. Awards Committee, Subcommittee Book Awards Committee, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences., Member (2011 - 2013)
  34. Undergraduate committee., Member (2012)
  35. College of Public Programs Dean’s Search Committee, Member (2011 - 2012)
  36. International Criminal Justice Review, Guest editor (2011)
  37. By-laws Committee, Member (2006 - 2008)
  38. Personnel Committee, Member (2006 - 2008)
  39. Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Member (2005 - 2007)
  40. Bureau of Justice Statistics and Kent State University Police Gang Unit Survey, Consultant (2006)

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