University of Minnesota
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Dr Jesse Wozniak

Department Affiliations


  • Policing
  • Criminology
  • Political Sociology
  • Critical Criminology
  • Systems of Control
  • Social Movements
  • Qualitative Methods

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. candidate: Sociology, Univeristy of Minnesota.
  • B.A. Summa Cum Laude: Sociology, University of Northern Iowa.


  • Real Men Use Non-Lethals: Appeals To Masculinity In Marketing Police Weaponry. Wozniak, Jesse, Chris Uggen, Co-Author, 2007.
  • Winning the Battle of Seattle: State Response to Perceived Crisis: Wozniak, Jesse, Illness, Crisis, & Loss , 13(2) 129-145, 2005.

Research Activities

  • Examining the development and implementation of the new Iraqi Police Force, analyzing how it meets or fails to meet the proscriptions on the academic literature on the subject, as well as how it presents a window into the larger processes of state-building going on in contemporary Iraq.
  • An analysis of the (failed) attempt of a police weapons corporation to create a moral panic surrounding the quasi-medical concept Excited Delirium and its role in in-custody deaths. This project combines a content-analysis of all newspaper articles published surrounding Excited Delirium in the past 2 years as well as in-depth interviews with media, medical, and criminal justice populations to investigate how this attempted panic has thus far failed to materialize.
  • Police weaponry and masculinity formation: An examination of how non-lethal weaponry is framed as a masculine alternative to standard firearms in order to successfully incorporate the hegemonic masculinity of the police culture into a for-profit marketing scheme.
  • A summer Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) award with Chris Uggen, extending Stark's (1968) theory of Police Riots to see how they develop or fail to develop in major protest situations, with an eye toward how this effects the democratic rights of those involved.
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