Peter Moskos

Peter Moskos

Peter Moskos
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2004 PhD Harvard University, (Sociology)
2004 MA   Harvard University, (Sociology)
1994 AB    Princeton University, (Sociology)


Peter Moskos, a former police officer, is an assistant professor in the Department of Law and Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also teaches at the City University of New York's Doctoral Program in Sociology and Laguardia Community College in Queens.
Moskos's first book, Cop in the Hood, won the 2008 PROSE Award for Best Book in Sociology. His latest book is In Defense of Flogging. Along with academic publications, Moskos has reached policy makers and the broader public through magazines and newspapers including the The New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, American Interest, U.S. News & World Report, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Washington Monthly, Macleans, and his acclaimed blog,
Moskos specializes in police culture, crime prevention, qualitative methods, and ending the war on drugs.



Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District. Princeton University Press, 2008.
Book review: Against Prediction, by Bernard E. Harcourt. American Journal of Sociology.
Vol. 113(5):1464-1477. 2008.

Greek Americans: Struggle and Success (third edition). Co-Author with Charles Moskos. New Jersey: Transactions Book. (In preparation for publication)

“Two Shades Of Blue: Racial Distinctions within a Common Police Identity,” 2008. (In preparation for publication)

 “The Better Part of Valor: Court-Overtime Pay as the Main Determinant for Discretionary Police Arrests.” Law Enforcement Executive Forum. Vol. 8(4). May 2008.

“Nine-One-One and the Failure of Police Rapid Response.” Law Enforcement Executive Forum. Vol. 7(4): 137-150. May 2007.

“Driving While Black.” New York Times op-ed. Long Island Weekly Desk. June 30, 2006. “Ex-Seattle Chief’s ‘Kiss-and-Tell’ Memoir.”
Law Enforcement News book review. September 2005.

“Driving While Black.” New York Times op-ed. June 30, 2006.

Book Review: Breaking Rank, by Norm Stamper. Law Enforcement News. September 2005.

“Take the Violence Out of the Drug Trade.” Baltimore Sun op-ed. August 3, 2004.

“Balancing Security and Liberty.” Washington Post op-ed. August 2, 2004.

“Old-School Cops in a New-School World.” Washington Post op-ed. August 5, 2003.
Reprinted: The Plain Dealer (Cleveland), August 7, 2003:“Changing the Police Culture.” The Albuquerque Journal, August 11, 2003: “Police Need New Kind of Diversity.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 11, 2003: “Traditional Cops Learning a New Method of Policing.” Law Enforcement News (John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY), October 15, 2005.

“Victims of the War on Drugs.” Washington Post op-ed. July 9, 2003.
Reprinted: Cannabis News, July 9, 2003. Drug Sense Weekly, July 11, 2003. Watertown Daily Times (New York), July 11, 2003: “Change Strategy in the War on Drugs.” Substance Abuse Newsroom, July 11, 2003: “Change Strategy in the War on Drugs.” Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida), July 13, 2003. Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey), July 14, 2003. Sun-Sentinel (South Florida), July 15, 2003: “Don’t Form Drug Policy as a Moral War.” Hartford Courant (Connecticut), July 15, 2003: “Heavy-Handed Drug Enforcement Leads To Hate.” News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), July 16, 2003: “Lockups Won’t Win Drug War.” Detroit News, July 23, 2003: “Drug War Contributes to Riots in Benton Harbor.” Holland Sentinel (Michigan), July 25, 2003: “Tolerance Could Actually Lower Drug Use.” The New Times (Vicksburg, Mississippi), September 2003.

“Feet on the Street.” New York Post op-ed. June 23, 2003.

“U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Sowed Confusion, Injustice.” Baltimore Sun op-ed. April 27, 2001.
Cited: Petition for Rehearing (denied), submitted to US Supreme Court, 99-1408 Atwater, et al. v. Lago Vista, Texas, et al. June 2001.

“Afro-Anglo: America’s Core Culture: A Consolidation of Peoples in the United States.” National Journal of Sociology. Vol. 9(2), 1995.


$50,000 grant to study the police use of confidential informants (co-P.I.).

$4,000 grant from the PSC-CUNY Research Award to study the relationship between drug policy, police culture, and arrests in the Netherlands and the United States.

$18,000 grant from the Niarchos Foundation to co-author the third edition of the book Greek Americans with the author of the first two editions, Professor Charles Moskos of Northwestern University.


Police patrol and crime prevention, drug violence, police culture, community policing and terrorism, police/minority relations, qualitative methods.

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