John Paul Wright

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John Paul Wright
EducationIndiana State University (B.S., 1991; M.A., 1992) University of Cincinnati (Ph.D., 1996)
Known forBiosocial criminology
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cincinnati College of Education Criminal Justice and Human Services, East Tennessee State University
ThesisParental support and juvenile delinquency: a test of social support theory (1996)
Doctoral advisorFrancis T. Cullen
Doctoral studentsKevin Beaver[1]

John Paul Wright is an American criminologist and proponent of biosocial criminology. He is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati College of Education Criminal Justice and Human Services. He is also the director of the graduate program in criminal justice there.[2] Among the students whose Ph.D. theses he has overseen is Kevin Beaver, a professor at Florida State University.[1]

He previously taught at East Tennessee State University for five years (1995-2000),[2][3] and was granted tenure there in 2000.[4]

Wright is a self-described conservative. He co-wrote with Matt DeLisi "Conservative Criminology: A Call to Restore Balance to the Social Sciences"[5] and its companion web site.[6] He has argued that humans are members of distinct races each with distinct, evolutionarily endowed traits.[7]

Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary for the Trump Administration cited Wright's work to justify rolling back Obama-era policies aimed at addressing inequities in school discipline.[8]


  1. ^ a b Cohen, Patricia (19 June 2011). "Genetic Basis for Crime: A New Look". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b "John Paul Wright CV" (PDF). University of Cincinnati.
  3. ^ "John Paul Wright Faculty Page". University of Cincinnati.
  4. ^ "TBR grants tenure and promotion to ETSU faculty". East Tennessee State University. 29 June 2000.
  5. ^ Wright, John Paul (November 2015). Conservative Criminology: A Call to Restore Balance to the Social Sciences. Routledge. ISBN 9781138125131. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ Wright, John Paul. "Conservative Criminology". Conservative Criminology. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  7. ^ Wright, John Paul (October 2008). Biosocial Criminology New Directions in Theory and Research. Routledge. ISBN 9780415989442. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  8. ^ Camera, Lauren (March 28, 2019). "The Race Research Cited by DeVos". US News and World Report. Retrieved 25 April 2020.

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