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William (Bill) Wells

Chair and Professor

  • Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha (1999)
  • M.A. Criminal Justice, Indiana University (1995)
  • B.A. Psychology, Ohio University (1993)


Office: A-204 or LEMIT 205
Phone: (936) 294-4817 or (936) 294-3868

Areas of Expertise:
Policing and Law Enforcement, Police Uses of Forensic Evidence, Police Practices to Reduce Gun Crime


Dr. William Wells is a Professor and Research Director for the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. His research interests include police practices to prevent and reduce crime, police use of forensic evidence, and criminal justice responses to gun crimes. His recent published research has appeared in such journals as Injury Prevention, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, and American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Wells is currently working on a National Institute of Justice-funded research project with the Houston Police Department that seeks to reduce the problem of unanalyzed sex assault kits. In 2014 he collaborated with the Houston Police Department on an experiment that tested different methods of administering photo spreads and lineups to witnesses. The experiment received the Gold Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Research from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Dr. Wells serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Crime and Justice and Criminal Justice Policy Review. In 2008, he served as President of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association. Before joining SHSU, Dr. Wells worked for eight years in the Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency, and Corrections at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he served as Interim Director and Graduate Program Director. While in Illinois he helped evaluate programs for law enforcement emergency care for the mentally ill and community policing.

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