James Q. Wilson and American Exceptionalism by Peter Schuck

– Peter Schuck, "James Q. Wilson and American Exceptionalism," National Affairs, Winter: 2016.
Peter Schuck considers James Q. Wilson’s idea of American Exceptionalism. Excerpt: Is our country unique? That question is difficult for the citizens of any nation to think about objectively. As a matter of common observation, every nation is different,… More

James Q. Wilson and the Defense of Moral Judgment

– Sally Satel, "James Q. Wilson and the Defense of Moral Judgment," The American, 8 August 2013.
Excerpt: This summer marks the twentieth anniversary of James Q. Wilson’s The Moral Sense. Written in a time of creeping moral relativism, Wilson wrote in defense of judgment — and, in particular, of humans’ natural predisposition to form moral… More

Papers from Thinking about Politics: A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson

Thinking About Politics: A Conference Dedicated to Explaining and Perpetuating the Political Insights of James Q. Wilson took place at Harvard University and Boston College on April 4-5, 2013.
Papers delivered at the conference: Martha Bayles, Boston College, The Crooked Timber of Womanhood John J. DiIulio, Jr., University of Pennsylvania, Moral Sense and Religious Sensibility: James Q. Wilson’s Quest to Understand Human Character and Civic… More

James Q. Wilson

– Michael J. Sandel, Sidney Verba, and Harvey C. Mansfield, "Memorial Minute: James Q. Wilson," Harvard Gazette, February 6, 2013.

Learning from James Q. Wilson

– Pietro S. Nivola, "Learning from James Q. Wilson," National Affairs, Number 12, Summer 2012.
As one of his students — who became a colleague and friend — I learned three lessons from him above all. And in classic Wilson style, they were straightforward: First, be sure to get the facts before opining. Second, be practical. Recognize that the root… More

Political Science as a Vocation

– R. Shep Melnick, "Political Science as a Vocation: An Appreciation of the Life and Work of James Q. Wilson," The Forum, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2012.

James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012

– James Piereson, "James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012: A Look at the Life of the Conservative Scholar," New Criterion, April 2012.

Recollections on James Q. Wilson

– George L. Kelling, "Recollections on James Q. Wilson," Subject to Debate, Police Executive Research Forum, Vol. 6, No. 2, March/April 2012.

Academic Paragon

– Jeremy Rabkin, "Academic Paragon: Thinking About James Q. Wilson,"  Weekly Standard, March 19, 2012.

James Q. Wilson

– "James Q. Wilson, Investigator of American Society, Died on March 2nd, aged 80," The Economist, March 10, 2012.

Man of Reason

– Heather Mac Donald, "Man of Reason," Eye on the News blog, City Journal, March 4, 2012.

Remembering James Q. Wilson

– Steven M. Teles, "Remembering James Q. Wilson," Ten Square Miles blog, Washington Monthly, March 2, 2012.

James Q. Wilson in His Own Words

– "James Q. Wilson in His Own Words: Excerpts from the Late Social Scientist's Op-Eds in the Wall Street Journal," Wall Street Journal, March 2, 2012.

Balance is All

– R. Shep Melnick, "Balance is All," Claremont Review of Books, Fall 2010.
R. Shep Melnick reviews James Q. Wilson’s American Politics, Then & Now And Other Essays.

Conservatism and Common Sense

– Matt Delisi, "Conservatism and Common Sense: The Criminological Career of James Q. Wilson," Justice Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3 (September 2003), pp. 661-674.


– Ben Wattenberg, "James Q. Wilson Interview," First Measured Century, PBS.


– "The Free Society Requires a Moral Sense, Social Capital," Religion and Liberty, Acton Institute, July-August 1999.

A Thinker Attuned to Thinking

– Richard Bernstein, "A Thinker Attuned to Thinking; James Q. Wilson Has Insights, Like Those on Cutting Crime, That Tend to Prove Out," New York Times, August 22, 1998.

No Easy Answers

– William D. Eggers and John O'Leary,"No Easy Answers: James Q. Wilson on Bureaucracy, Crime, and Community," Reason, February 1995.

The Public Administration of James Q. Wilson

– John J. DiIulio, Jr., Steven Kelman, Christopher H. Foreman, Jr., Robert A. Katzmann, and Pietro S. Nivola, "The Public Administration of James Q. Wilson: A Symposium on Bureaucracy," Public Administration Review, May/June 1991, Vol. 51, No. 3.