Ph.D. Sociology, University of Michigan (1973)
M.A. Sociology, University of Michigan (1971)
B.A. Sociology, University of Chicago (1969)
Professor Felson originated the routine activity approach to crime rate analysis. He is an expert in how to think about crime in very tangible terms and how to reduce it using such thinking. His books include Crime and Nature (Sage, 2006) as well as Crime and Everyday Life (Sage, 2002), now in its third edition. He has also written about the role of business in crime and crime reduction. His work is increasingly applied to understand juvenile street gangs, co-offending, organized crime, and outdoor drug sales.