Presents the stories, musings, advice and conclusions of well-known criminologists about their research and their careers. Provides readers with suggestions about how to manage their professional lives. Contributors include Frank Cullen, Julius Debro, Don Gibbons, John Irwin, Mac Klein, Gary Marx, Joan McCord, Richard Quinney, Frank Scarpitti, Jim Short, Rita Simon, Charles Tuttle and Jackson Toby.
Introduction Gilbert Geis 1. It's a Wonderful Life: Reflections on a Career in Progress Francis T. Cullen 2. Reflections of a Reluctant but Committed Criminologist Charles R. Tittle 3. Surrounded by Crime: Lessons from One Academic Career Malcolm W. Klein 4. The Good Boy in a High-Delinquency Area—40 Years Later Frank R. Scarpitti 5. Learning How to Learn and Its Sequelae Joan McCord 6. Looking for Meaning in All the Right Places: The Search for Academic Satisfaction Gary T. Marx 7. Ignoring Warnings, I Became a Criminologist Jackson Toby 8. My Life in "Crim" John Irwin 9. Criminologist as Witness Richard Quinney 10. Reflections of an African-American Criminologist Julius Debro 11. Looking Back on 40-Plus Years of a Professional Career Rita J. Simon 12. Unwinding: Reflections on a Career James F. Short, Jr. 13. Doing Well in the Slow Lane Don C. Gibbons Epilogue Mary Dodge