The Intellectual Life and Legacy of James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson

Photo courtesy of Ronald Reagan Presidential Library


January 17, 2013


5:30 p.m. – Registration
6:00 p.m. – Program


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James Q. Wilson, one of the past century's most honored and influential thoughtleaders, left an indelible mark on American government and civil society. His books, papers, articles, and essays will be on permanent display at the library of the RAND Corporation, where he served both as a longtime trustee and member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors.

Wilson's seminal scholarship on a range of critical issues—including crime, justice, policing, drug policy, marriage and family, politics, and institutional bureaucracy—resonates to this day, through his words, his public service, and his lifelong commitment to teaching. Join us to hear from several of his former students, who will share their thoughts on Wilson's legacy and his enduring impact on public policy.

Featured Speakers

Pietro S. Nivola, Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution

R. Shep Melnick, Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Professor of American Politics
Boston College

John DiIulio, Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society; and Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania

Susan L. Marquis, Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Vice President, Emerging Policy Research and Methods; Distinguished Chair in Policy Analysis
RAND Corporation

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