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

Research Summary

Three major complementary threads run through my research. First, I focus on ways in which police behavior, as that involves ethics/integrity, may be affected by organizational and ecological dynamics. Second, I am interested in assessing the impact of marijuana legalization on crime and law enforcement. Third, I also make efforts to extend criminological theories. I merged these interests around the function of social and organizational dynamics and their implication for theory and policy.


  • 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, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah. He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Washington State University. His research interests include comparative criminology/criminal justice, policing (police integrity, police stress and job satisfaction, and police-public relations), and drug policy (effects of the legalization of marijuana). His most recent publications have appeared in Journal of Criminal JusticeCriminal Justice and BehaviorPolice Quarterly, and Asian Journal of Criminology.