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

Peter Moskos is a professor in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A Harvard and Princeton trained sociologist and former police officer, Moskos studies people the old-fashioned way: He talks to them.

In addition to his primary duties at John Jay College, Moskos is a faculty member in CUNY's Doctoral Programs in Sociology, has taught introductory classes at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, and is a Senior Fellow of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project.

Moskos's three books — Cop in the Hood, In Defense of Flogging, and Greek Americans — have won high praise and earned him recognition as one of Atlantic Magazine's "Brave Thinkers" of the year. He has also published in the Washington Post, Washington Monthly, the New York Times, CNN, Macleans, Pacific Standard, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and his blog, copinthehood.

Scholarly Work


Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District. Princeton University Press, 2008.

In Defense of Flogging. Basic Books. 2011.

Greek Americans: Struggle and Success (third edition). Transactions Publishers. 2014.

​A complete CV can be found on his website at