GUANGZHEN WU portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Sociology Department
  • Faculty Affiliate, Undergraduate Studies
  • Faculty Affiliate, Asian Studies Program

Education

  • 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

Biography

Guangzhen Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Utah. He earned his doctorate from Washington State University. His research interests include generality of criminological theory, community and crime, policing, drug policy, and applied quantitative methods with crime and justice data. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach exploring issues related to crime, justice, and public health outcomes from criminological, sociological, and psychological perspectives. Dr. Wu's puhlished work appears in top-tier journals across disciplines, such as The British Journal of CriminologyJournal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Criminal JusticeInternational Journal of Drug PolicyJustice Quarterly, and Criminal Justice and Behavior. 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 Roarke Cullenbine. 2022. "Recreational marijuana legalization and drug‑related offenses in Washington State: an interrupted time series analysis with a combination of synthetic controls." Journal of Experimental Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-022-09539-5

Wu, Guangzhen and Jianhong Liu. 2021. "Extending the procedural justice theory to the Chinese context: The role of collective efficacy." The British Journal of Criminologyhttps://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azab115

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103528

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.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2020.101742

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. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854819831732

Wu, Guangzhen and Dale Willits. 2022. "The Impact of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Simple Assault in Oregon." Journal of Interpersonal Violencehttps://doi.org/10.1177/08862605221076169

Wu, Guangzhen and David Makin. 2021. "The Differential Role of Stress on Police Officers’ Perceptions of Misconduct." Asian Journal of Criminology 16, 213-233. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11417-020-09324-1