Faculty / Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Wood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple. She earned a bachelor's degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa in 1994 and received both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Temple, Jennifer served as a Fellow for the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

Jennifer is a criminologist with expertise in policing and regulation.  Her work has explored how order and security is promoted by mixes of public and private entities including but well beyond the public police. Her co-authored book, Imagining Security (Willan, 2007; with Clifford Shearing), offers an account of ‘nodal governance’ as a means of explaining this plurality. She has published two co-edited books (Democracy, Society and the Governance of Security (Cambridge, 2006; with Benoit Dupont) and Fighting Crime Together: The Challenges of Policing and Security Networks (University of New South Wales Press, 2006; with Jenny Fleming)).  Jennifer is currently leading an action research project designed to strengthen connections between policing, security and public health entities in Center City, Philadelphia.

Jennifer is a Methods Core member of the National Program Office for Public Health Law Research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is the North American Regional Editor for Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy.


Contact email: woodj@temple.edu

New publications

In press
Wood, J.D. Police and policing. In Sarat, A. and Ewick, P. (Eds) The Wiley Handbook of Law and Society. Malden, MA: Wiley.


Wood, J.D. Pioneers in policing: Clifford Shearing. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. Published online ahead of print. doi:  10.1080/15614263.2014.893967

Wood, J.D. & Beierschmitt, L.
Beyond police crisis intervention: Moving ‘upstream’ to manage cases and places of behavioral health vulnerability. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37: 439-447.

Sorg, E., Wood, J.D., Groff, E.R., & Ratcliffe, J.H. Boundary adherence during place-based policing evaluations: A research note. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 51(3): 377-393.

Wood, J., Sorg, E., Groff, E.,Ratcliffe, J. & Taylor, C. Cops as treatment providers: Realities and ironies of police work in a foot patrol experiment. Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 24(3): 362-379.


Wood, J.D., Taylor, C.J., Groff, E.R. & Ratcliffe, J.H. Aligning policing and public health promotion: Insights from the world of foot patrol. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. Published online ahead of print. 

doi: 10.1080/15614263.2013.846982

Mello, M., Wood, J. Burris, S., Wagenaar, A., Ibrahim, J., & Swanson, J. Critical opportunities for public health law: A call for action. American Journal of Public Health, 103(11): 1979-1988.

Van Steden, R., Wood, J., Shearing, C. & Boutellier, H. The many faces of nodal policing: Team play and improvisation in Dutch community safety. Security Journal. Published online ahead of print. doi:10.1057/sj.2013.30

Groff, E., Johnson, L., Ratcliffe, J. & Wood, J. Exploring the relationship between foot and car patrol in violent crime areas. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 36(1): 119-139.

Wood, J. Qualitative research strategies for public health law evaluation. In Wagenaar, A. and Burris, S (Eds) Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Courses taught
CJ 8330 - Policing and Security in a Global Age

CJ 0912 - Honors Criminal Behavior
CJ 4096 - Crime and Social Policy (Writing Intensive)
CJ 4196 - Critical Issues in Law Enforcement (Writing Intensive)
CJ 8221 - Approaches to Qualitative Research

Click here for a monograph titled “Police interventions with persons affected by mental illnesses: Global trends and future possibilities" by Wood, J., Swanson, S., Burris, S. and Gilbert, A. (2011)
Click here for a policy brief based on the above.

For additional work on police as mental health interventionists, see Wood and Beierschmitt (2014) under 'publications'.