Spelman, William | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • MPP, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including Nonprofits)
  • Policy Process and Institutions

An urban policy specialist, William Spelman holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has a background in operations research and evaluation and in local government law, administration and finance. He serviced on the Austin City Council from 1997 to 2000 and from 2009 to 2015.

Formerly associated with the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, DC, Dr. Spelman has developed and evaluated police programs aimed at the apprehension, deterrence and rehabilitation of repeat offenders and solving neighborhood crime and disorder problems. Two of his programs, the Baltimore County (Maryland) Citizen Oriented Police Enforcement program and the Newport News (Virginia) Problem-Oriented Policing program, have been selected as finalists for the Ford Foundation's prestigious Innovations Awards. His numerous publications focus on criminal justice policies, mainly in the areas of community crime prevention, repeat offenders and neighborhood problem solving.

Courses Taught
Media Expertise
  • Crime & Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Local Government

Newsworthy

NewsMay 10, 2021
Study: Millennials commit less crime than prior generations

Crime has dropped since 1990, but not for the reasons some might think, according to a new study. Research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin suggests crime reduction efforts account for less than half of the crime drop since 1990 and essentially none of the crime drop since 2000. Researchers also discovered that millennials commit less crime than prior generations.

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Media MentionMay 10, 2021
Millennials commit less crime than previous generations, UT research suggests

NBC Austin reports on new LBJ School study: Millennials commit less crime than previous generations

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Media MentionMarch 23, 2021
Experts discuss City of Austin's search for new police chief

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Monday morning that Assistant Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon will serve as the city's interim Austin Police Department chief during a national search for a permanent replacement for Chief Brian Manley. 

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