James Wo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Spring 2023 Office Hours:
M: 10:00  - 11:30 am
F: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
By appointment

Professor Wo’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of urban sociology, criminology, and urban studies. His primary research agenda involves examining the spatial distribution of crime as well as the timing by which the risk for crime changes within places (e.g., hours of the day, seasons of the year, and many years). His published research links crime in place to a multitude of social ecological factors, including land uses, community organizations, topography, walkability, and ethnic heterogeneity, to name a few. Professor Wo also conducts research that addresses urban inequalities, for example, he is currently examining whether the spatial distribution of parking citations is equitable in terms of neighborhoods’ racial/ethnic composition and economic standing.

James Wo CV

Research areas
  • Crime, Law, and Social Control
  • Communities and Crime
  • Urban Sociology
  • Quantitative Research Methods
James Wo
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

400T North Hall (NH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States