Richard Rosenfeld

1948 - 2024
Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Chapter Member: Confluence SSN
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Richard Rosenfeld passed away on January 8, 2024. Read Rosenfeld's obituary here.

About Richard

Rosenfeld’s research focuses on crime trends, crime statistics, and criminal justice policy. He is past President of the American Society of Criminology (2010), served for six years on the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Law and Justice, and currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Since January, 2012, he has been Criminologist in Residence at the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, responsible for evaluating the effects of police patrol strategies on crime.

In the News

Quoted by in "Texas Has Too Many Cases to Reopen, Governor Warns," The New York Times, August 11, 2020.
Opinion: "Who’s Watching the Nation’s Crime Data?," Richard Rosenfeld, The Crime Report,
Research discussed by Bree Burkitt and Agnel Philip, in "10 People were Killed in One Square Mile of Phoenix in Three Years," Arizona Republic, March 6, 2019.
Research discussed by Peter Hermann , Dana Hedgpeth and Justin Wm. Moyer, in "Homicides Spike in District as Shootings become More Lethal, Police Say," The Washington Post, December 1, 2018.
Research discussed by Princess Gabbara, in "New Report Reveals That Blacks Are 85% More Likely to Be Pulled Over in Missouri," The Grio, June 3, 2018.
Quoted by Chad Davis in "Missouri Tops the Nation for High Black Homicide Rate … Again," St. Louis Public Radio, April 23, 2018.
Quoted by Amy Sherman in "Cordray on Point about Increase in Firearm Deaths in Ohio," Politifact, April 12, 2018.
Quoted by Jon Greenberg in "Florida Lawmaker Repeats Dodgy Claim about Crimes by Cops vs. Concealed Permit Holders," PolitiFact Florida, February 23, 2018.
Quoted by Kate Sheperd in "Shootings and Homicides Decrease as Carjackings Surge, and Other Chicago News," Chicago Reader, February 12, 2018.
Quoted by German Lopez in "Why the Opioid Epidemic May Have Fueled America's Murder Spike," Vox, February 6, 2018.
Quoted by Aamer Madhani in "Opioids are Adding a Dangerous Wrinkle to Violent Cities," USA Today, January 25, 2018.
Quoted by Jim Beam in "BR Homicides a Wake-Up Call," American Press, January 11, 2018.
Quoted by Jim Beam in "BR Homicides a Wake-Up Call," American Press, January 11, 2018.
Quoted by Jim Beam in "BR Homicides a Wake-Up Call," American Press, January 11, 2018.
Quoted by Melissa Jeltsen in "The FBI's Major Crime Report is Missing Critical Info and Experts are Sounding the Alarm," Huffington Post, November 29, 2017.
Quoted by Jason Hancock in "He Criticized Jay Nixon over Ferguson Protests. How is Greitens Doing in St. Louis?," Kansas City Star, September 21, 2017.
Quoted by Emily McCarter and Lucille Sherman in "NAACP President is Partially Accurate on Stops and Searches Statistic," PolitiFact, September 18, 2017.
Quoted by Allison Colburn in "Greitens Takes Crime Statistics Out of Context," Missourian, March 3, 2017.
Quoted by Jason Mast in "Could Donald Trump's Law and Order Policies Create Crime and Chaos?," U.S. News & World Report, November 2, 2016.
Quoted by Haeyoun Park and Josh Katz in "Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation’s 100 Largest Cities," New York Times, September 9, 2016.
Quoted by Zusha Elinson in "Murders Rise in 29 of Largest U.S. Cities in First Half of 2016," Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2016.
Interviewed in "Unpacking 'Black-on-Black Crime' and the 'Ferguson Effect'," CityLab, July 14, 2016.
Quoted by Edmund Kozak in "The Trifecta of Villainy," Polizette, June 24, 2016.
Guest on National Public Radio, June 15, 2016.
Research discussed by Max Ehrenfreund, in "A New Federal Report Discusses an Unexpected Theory for Why Murders are Rising in U.S. Cities," The Washington Post, June 15, 2016.
Quoted by Anthony M. DeStefano in "Homicides in NYC Continue Fall - down 13% so Far in 2016," News Day, June 1, 2016.
Quoted by Eric Lichtblau and Monica Davey in "Homicide Rates Jump in Many Major U.S. Cities, New Data Shows," New York Times, May 13, 2016.
Quoted by Lois Beckett in "Is the 'Ferguson Effect' Real? Researcher Has Second Thoughts," The Guardian, May 13, 2016.
Quoted by Sabrina Tavernise in "In Missouri, Fewer Gun Restrictions and More Gun Killings," New York Times, December 21, 2015.
Quoted by Ciara McCarthy in "Obama Warns Police Officers against 'Cherry-Picking' Crime Data," The Guardian, October 27, 2015.
Quoted by Tim Mak and Betsy Woodruff in "Why Did Ted Cruz Suddenly Get Tough on Gun Possession?," Daily Beast, October 26, 2015.
Quoted by Anthony M. DeStefano in "Experts See National Issue in Cops Underreporting Assaults, as LAPD Did under Bratton," Newsday, October 15, 2015.
Opinion: "Prudent to Ask Whether Firefighters Can Assist the Police," Richard Rosenfeld, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 15, 2015.
Quoted by Jim Howard in "St. Louis Not Alone in Fighting Rise in Violent Crime," St. Louis Public Radio, October 8, 2015.
Quoted by Nicholas Phillips in "In 2015, St. Louis is Headed toward the Most Homicides in Decades. How Can We Stop the Bloodshed? ," Riverfront Times, October 7, 2015.
Quoted by Monica Davey and Mitch Smith in "Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many U.S. Cities," New York Times, August 31, 2015.
Opinion: "Why Ferguson Erupts," Richard Rosenfeld (with Richard Wright), The Conversation, August 11, 2015.
Quoted by Lynh Bui, Abby Phillip and Wesley Lowery in "Around St. Louis, Bloodshed Rises in Year since Michael Brown Was Killed," The Washington Post, August 11, 2015.
Quoted by Anthony M. Destefano in "Bratton, de Blasio Say NYC Crime Rate Lower than It May Seem," Newsday, August 4, 2015.
Quoted by Evita Caldwell in "Police Chief Announces New Taskforce, Addresses Other Efforts to Curb Violence in St. Louis," St. Louis Public Radio, July 16, 2015.
Research discussed by Christine Byers, in "A 'Ferguson Effect' on Crime Rates? St. Louis Criminologist Finds No Clear Proof," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 18, 2015.
Quoted by Rebecca Rivas in "Policing, Civil Rights Concerns Discussed during MO Advisory Committee Presentation," St. Louis American, February 24, 2015.
Opinion: "Voices on Policing: FBI Director's Remarks Bring Calls for Data, Specific Actions," Richard Rosenfeld (with Carol Camp Yeakey), St. Louis Public Radio, February 20, 2015.
Quoted by Alec MacGillis in "Why St. Louis Should Move to Illinois," Slate, February 16, 2015.
Quoted by Alan Scher Zagier in "St. Louis Seeks More Police with Recent Increase in Crime," Kansas City Star, January 29, 2015.
Quoted by Christine Byers in "As Murder Spate Draws Attention, St. Louis Officials Looking for Solutions," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 16, 2015.
Quoted by Tim Lloyd in "Lessons Learned from Ferguson Shaped Police Response in Berkeley," St. Louis Public Radio, December 26, 2014.
Guest on St. Louis Public Radio, December 11, 2014.
Research discussed by Jen Hatton, in "UMSL Criminologist Partners with St. Louis Police to Reduce Crime," UMSL Daily, December 9, 2014.
Research discussed by Justin Peters, in "Broken Windows Policing Doesn’t Work," Slate, December 3, 2014.
Quoted by in "What Happened in Ferguson?," New York Times, November 25, 2014.
Quoted by in "Are Police Bigoted?," New York Times, August 30, 2014.
Quoted by Carol D. Leonnig, Kimberly Kindy, and Joel Achenbach in "Darren Wilson’s First Job was on a Troubled Police Force Disbanded by Authorities," The Washington Post, August 23, 2014.
Quoted by Tanzina Vega and John Eligon in "Around St. Louis, a Circle of Rage," New York Times, August 16, 2014.
Guest on MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show", December 26, 2012.
Research discussed by Joel Rubin, in "Despite Weak Economy, Crime in Los Angeles County Still Declines," Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2012.
Research discussed by James Eng, in "Jobless Rate Up, but Crime Down: What Gives?,", January 3, 2012.
Research discussed by James Verini, in "Is There an ‘Obama Effect’ on Crime?," Slate, October 7, 2011.
Interviewed in "Richard Rosenfeld on CSPAN's Washington Journal," CSPAN's Washington Journal, August 26, 2011.
Research discussed by Carl Bialik, in "In Crime Lists, Nuance is a Victim," Wall Street Journal, December 3, 2010.
Research discussed by Kevin Johnson, in "Technology Helps Property Crime Fall to 20-Year Low," USA Today, September 29, 2010.
Research discussed by Ray Rivera, Al Baker and Janet Roberts, in "A Few Blocks, 4 Years, 52,000 Police Stops," New York Times, July 11, 2010.
Research discussed by Pete Yost, in "Crime Rates Down for Third Year, Despite Recession," AP/Washington Examiner, May 25, 2010.
Research discussed by Evan Perez, in "Violent Crime Falls Sharply," Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2010.
Interviewed in Richard Rosenfeld on Fox Business News Fox Business News, December 22, 2009.
Research discussed by "Reported Rapes Hit 20-Year Low," USA Today, October 7, 2009.
Interviewed in Richard Rosenfeld on NPR’s “All Things Considered” NPR’s “All Things Considered”, February 24, 2009.
Interviewed in Richard Rosenfeld on CNN’s American Morning CNN’s American Morning, December 30, 2008.
Opinion: "The Economics of LA's Crime Increase," Richard Rosenfeld, Los Angeles Times, March 20, 2008.
Opinion: "Why City Crime Rankings Offer a Misleading Picture," Richard Rosenfeld, USA Today, November 27, 2007.


"Crime and the Economy" (with Steven F. Messner) (Sage, forthcoming).
Addresses the complex connections between crime and economic conditions.
"The Impact of Police Stops on Precinct Robbery and Burglary Rates in New York City, 2003 – 2010" (with Robert Fornango). Justice Quarterly (forthcoming).
Finds little effect of “stop and frisk” on precinct crime rates in New York City.
"Was There a 'Ferguson Effect' on Crime in St. Louis?," The Sentencing Project, June 2015.

Analyzes crime data from St. Louis and challenges the idea that widespread and heavily publicized protest activity directed at alleged police misconduct resulted in higher crime rates.

"Crime and the American Dream, Fifth Edition" (with Steven F. Messner) (Wadsworth, 2012).
Examines the cultural and institutional sources of crime in the United States.
"Policing Race: The Racial Stratification of Searches in Police Traffic Stops" (with Jeff Rojek and Scott Decker). Criminology 50, no. 4 (2012): 993-1024.
Finds systematic race differences in police searches of suspects.
"The Case of the Unsolved Crime Decline" Scientific American (February 2004): 82-89.
Argues that the causes of the U.S. crime decline are multifaceted and resist easy interpretation.