• Assistant Professor, Sociology Department
  • Faculty Affiliate, Asian Studies Program


  • B.S., Administrative Management, University of International Relations, Beijing, China
  • M.A., Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University
  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University


Guangzhen Wu earned his PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Washington State University. His interests include comparative criminology, policing (police integrity, legitimacy, misconduct, and police-public relations), and drug policy (e.g., effects of marijuana legalization). His research takes an interdisciplinary approach exploring issues related to public safety and justice outcomes from criminological, sociological, and psychological perspectives. Dr. Wu's puhlished work appears in journals such as The British Journal of CriminologyJournal of Criminal Justice, Justice QuarterlyCriminal Justice and BehaviorInternational Journal of Drug PolicyJournal of Interpersonal Violence, Police Quarterly, and Asian Journal of Criminology. His research ariticles were featured or cited in a range of national/international and local media outlets such as Washington Post, The Kansas City StarVancouver SunThe Seattle Times, Colorado Springs IndependentNewsweek, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, and National Affairs.

Select Publications

  • Wu, Guangzhen and Jianhong Liu. 2021. "Extending the procedural justice theory to the Chinese context: The role of collective efficacy." The British Journal of Criminology
  • Wu, Guangzhen, Yongtao Li, and Xiaodong (Eric) Lang. 2022. "Effects of recreational marijuana legalization on clearance rates for violent crimes: Evidence from Oregon." International Journal of Drug Policy 100, 103528.

Wu, Guangzhen, Ming Wen, and Fernando Wilson. 2021. "Impact of recreational marijuana legalization on crime: Evidence from Oregon." Journal of Criminal Justice 72, 1-11.

Wu, Guangzhen and David Makin. 2019. "The quagmire that is an unwillingness to report: Situating the code of silence within the Chinese police context." Criminal Justice and Behavior 46, 608-627.

Wu, Guangzhen and Dale Willits. 2022. "The Impact of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Simple Assault in Oregon." Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Wu, Guangzhen and David Makin. 2021. "The Differential Role of Stress on Police Officers’ Perceptions of Misconduct." Asian Journal of Criminology 16, 213-233.