Kennedy, Leslie

Leslie W. Kennedy (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is currently University Professor at Rutgers University. He teaches graduate-level courses at the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and is a core faculty member in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers. He was the Dean of SCJ from 1998 to 2007. Dr. Kennedy’s current research in public security builds upon his previous work in event analysis, assessing the social contexts in which dangers in society are identified and deterred. He is the author or co-author of 19 books, and over 60 research articles and chapters. He has published in the major journal in criminology and criminal justice, including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

In pursuing an interest in how risk influences the way the public and agencies manage hazards at the local and global level, he has recently published 5 books. With Erin E. Gibbs Van Brunschot, Risk Balance and Security (Sage, 2009), he examines how risk is assessed by agencies faced with major hazards including crime, terrorism, environmental disaster and disease. He has extended this work (with Ed McGarrell) to examine risk governance, particularly in the context of the globalization of these hazards, culminating in an edited book, Crime and Terrorism Risk, (Routledge 2011). In addition, (with Van Brunschot) he co-authored the book, The Risk in Crime (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), that explores the use of risk in criminological theory and research. With Jean McGloin and Chris Sullivan, he has produced a reader, When Crime Appears (Routledge, 2011) that looks at the role that emergence plays in influencing crime risk. In addition, he has published, with Cynthia Lum, Evidence Based Counterterrorism Policy (Springer, 2011), a book that looks at how terrorism research can be improved through the use of evidence based research.

In his most recent research (with Joel Caplan), he extends his interest in risk assessment, focusing on crime mapping and the development of risk terrain modeling for use by police in preventing crime.   The approach has also been adopted for use in studying piracy, border control, public health threats, and so on.  This work has resulted in a number of research grants, numerous research articles and a recently published book, Caplan, J. M. & Kennedy, L. W . 2016 Risk Terrain Modeling: Crime Prediction and Risk Reduction. University of California Press.    More information on the RTM projects can be found at

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications


  • Chapter in edited volume: Caplan, Joel and Leslie Kennedy. “Forecasting of Shootings Using Risk Terrain Modeling,” in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, eds. Gerben Bruinsma and David Weisburd (New York: Springer, 2014).
  • Book: Kennedy, Leslie, Jean McGloin, and Christopher J. Sullivan. When Crime Appears: The Role of Emergence (London and New York: Routledge, 2011).
Faculty Type: 
School of Criminal Justice
English, French
North America, Turkey
University Professor
Ph.D. University of Toronto
(973) 353-3310
Office Location: 
Center for Law & Justice, 5th Floor
Areas of Specialization: 
GIS mapping and spatial analysis, computational criminology and policing

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