John Hagedorn
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1993 (Urban Studies)
Webmaster, Gang Research Online
Associate Professor
Office: BSB 4050C

Department of Criminal Justice
University of Illinois at Chicago
1007 West Harrison Street, M/C 141
Chicago, IL 60607
Voice: 312-413-2472
Fax: 312-996-8355
E-mail: ;

Fields of Interest:

My main goal for the next five years is to organize a multi-year study of the informal economy in Milwaukee:

  • Mapping several neighborhoods to document the nature and extent of informal economic practices, including drug dealing;
  • Understanding how violence is controlled and contained by participants in drug sales; and
  • Understanding women's participation in informal economic life, especially since the ending of welfare programs.

Short Bio:

John Hagedorn is the author of People & Folks, Gangs, Crime, and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City. This book re-framed the study of gangs in the United States by focusing on the impact of deindustrialization. He is currently studying why Chicago's homicide rate has not delcine like New York City's. He is beginning a study of "armed young men" around the world, including institutionalized gangs, para-militaries, militant fundamentalists, terrorists, and drug cartels. He is co-editor of Female Gangs in America: Essays on Girls, Gangs, and Gender, the only edited volume ever published in the U.S. on female gangs. He is the designer of the heavily traveled website: and is currently writing a history of gangs in Chicago. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago-s Great Cities Insitute and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice.

Selected Publications:

People and Folks: Gangs, Crime and the Underclass in a Rustbelt City: Second Edition. Chicago. Lakeview Press. 1998.

Forsaking Our Children: Bureaucracy and Reform in the Child Welfare System. Chicago. Lakeview Press. 1995.

An Annual Review of Research. Edited by Michael Tonry and Mark Moore. Pp. 457-511. University of Chicago. 1998.

"Cocaine, Kicks, and Strain: Patterns of Substance Use in Milwaukee Gangs." with Jose Torres and Greg Giglio. Contemporary Drug Problems. 25:1 pp113-145. 1998.

"Homeboys, Dope Fiends, Legits, and New Jacks." Criminology, Vol. 32 No. 2. pp. 197-219. 1994.

"Gangs, Neighborhoods, and Public Policy." Social Problems, Vol 38 No. 4. pp. 529-542. November 1991.