Dr. George Kelling
George L. Kelling is Emeritus Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Professor Emeritus at Northeastern University and formerly a Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Kelling has practiced social work as a child-care worker, a probation officer, and has administered residential care programs for aggressive and disturbed youths. In 1972, he began work at the Police Foundation and conducted several large-scale experiments in policing, most notably the Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment and the Newark Foot Patrol Experiment. The latter was the source of his contribution to his most familiar publication in the Atlantic, “Broken Windows,” with James Q. Wilson.
During the late 1980s, Kelling developed the order maintenance policies in the New York City subway that ultimately led to radical crime reductions. Later he consulted with the New York City Police Department as well, especially in dealing with “squeegeemen.” These experiences led to his book, Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order and Reducing Crime in Our Communities, which he has published with his wife, Catherine M. Coles. Kelling has worked in, or consulted with, many of the major police departments in the United States. Currently he is working on two books: one with William Bratton on the rediscovery of policing and another on Milwaukee (his hometown) and policing.
He has two children and four grandchildren. Kelling is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A.), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (M.S.W.), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.).