Ron Weitzer 2

Ronald Weitzer

Professor of Sociology
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Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St.
Washington DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-6895


Ronald Weitzer received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 and has been at George Washington University since 1988.  He is a criminologist, and much of his research has investigated police-minority relations in the United States and in other nations (including Northern Ireland and South Africa).  He is also an expert on the sex industry, with particular expertise on American policies and law enforcement on prostitution and sex trafficking.  A recently completed project involved extensive field research on legal prostitution systems in Europe. For additional information, go to Ronald Weitzer's Wikipedia page.

Current Research

Current research includes a comparative investigation of the regulation of prostitution in Europe and a comprehensive assessment of government and international policies regarding human trafficking.


PhD University of California at Berkeley, 1985


2014. “New Directions in Research on Human Trafficking,” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, v. 653 (May): 6-24

2013. “The Social Ecology of Red-Light Districts: A Comparison of Antwerp and Brussels,” Urban Affairs Review – online version DOI: 10.1177/1078087413504081

2013. “The Puzzling Neglect of Hispanic Americans in Research on Police-Citizen Relations,” Ethnic and Racial Studies – online version DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2013.790984

2013. “Sex Work in the Twenty-First Century” [special invited Critical-Retrospective Essay], Contemporary Sociology, v. 45 (September): 713-722 

2013. “Organizations Working on Behalf of Prostitutes: An Analysis of Goals, Practices, and Strategies,” Sexualities, v.16: 445-466 (with Sharon Oselin)

2012. Legalizing Prostitution: From Illicit Vice to Lawful Business, New York University Press. 

2012. "The Intimacy Prism: Emotion Management Among the Clients of Escorts," Men and Masculinities, v. 15: 447-467 (with Christine Milrod).

2011. "Sex Trafficking and the Sex Industry: The Need for Evidence-Based Theory and Legislation," Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, v. 101: 1337-1370

2011. "Pornography's Effects: The Need for Solid Evidence." Violence Against Women  v. 17: 666-675

2010. Sex for Sale: Prostitution, Pornography, and the Sex Industry, 2nd Edition, New York: Routledge: 

2010. “The Mythology of Prostitution: Advocacy Research and Public Policy,” Sexuality Research and Social Policy, v.7: 15-29.

2010. “The Movement to Criminalize Sex Work in the United States,” Journal of Law and Society, v.37: 61-84.

2010. “The Ethnography of Prostitution: New International Perspectives,” Contemporary Sociology, v. 39: 262-269.

2010. “Rap Music’s Violent and Misogynistic Effects: Fact or Fiction?” in Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, vol. 14, (ed.) M. DeFlem, Emerald/JAI Press (with Charis Kubrin).

2009. "Sociology of Sex Work," Annual Review of Sociology, v. 35: 213-234.

2009. “Misogyny in Rap Music: A Content Analysis of Prevalence and Meanings,” Men & Masculinities, v. 12: 3-29 (with Charis Kubrin).

2009. "Police Relations with Black and White Youths in Different Urban Neighborhoods," Urban Affairs Review, v. 44: 858-885 (with Rod Brunson).

2009. "Strategic Responses to the Police among Inner-City Youth," Sociological Quarterly, v. 50: 235-256 (with Rod Brunson).

2009. "Legalizing Prostitution: Morality Politics in Western Australia," British Journal of Criminology, v. 49: 88-105.

2008. "Police-Community Relations in a Majority-Black City," Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, v. 45: 398-428 (with Steven Tuch and Wesley Skogan).

2007. "Prostitution: Facts and Fictions," Contexts, 6 (Fall).

2007. "Police Relations with Arabs and Jews in Israel," British Journal of Criminology, v. 47 (September): 728-745 (with Badi Hasisi).

2007. "The Social Construction of Sex Trafficking: Ideology and Institutionalization of a Moral Crusade," Politics & Society, v. 35: 447-475.

2006. Race and Policing in America: Conflict and Reform. Cambridge University Press (with Steven Tuch). 

2005. "Can the Police Be Reformed?Contexts, v. 4 (Summer).

Classes Taught

SOC 4192 - Advanced Seminar: Criminal Justice
SOC 6258 - Deviance & Control
SOC 6273 - The Sex Industry