Dr. Michael Jenkins is chair of the Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at the University of Scranton. He is also the founding executive director of the University's Center for the Analysis and Prevention of Crime (CAPoC). He recently served as the Director of Academics on the creation of a Bachelor of Security Sciences program for a foreign ministry of interior. Dr. Jenkins earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, under the mentorship of famed "broken windows" theorist George Kelling. In 2017, Jenkins served as a Fulbright Scholar with the London Metropolitan Police.
His work facilitates collaborations among criminal justice and social service agencies, student assistants, and faculty experts. Dr. Jenkins acknowledges how grateful he is for the opportunities to present his work in a variety of outlets—scholarly presses, trade magazines, op-ed—"because it increases the likelihood that it will get into the hands of the people in the positions to best act on it."
Jenkins’s primary area of interest is how police and citizens negotiate relationships to respond in creative ways to signs of physical and social disorder (commonly referred to as broken windows policing). His first book examined how police used the “broken windows” tactic within a larger community problem-solving strategy. Dr. Jenkins's latest book on international and transnational policing describes the structures and processes for policing across national boundaries.