Barry Goetz has been doing research and writing on fire and policing issues for almost thirty years. He received his PhD. in Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a past recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant in Substance Abuse Policy Research, which helped provide research support for his book On the Frontlines of the Welfare State, published with Routledge. Professor Goetz has also been a National Institute of Mental Health fellow at UCLA and a National Institute of Health Fellow at Brown University in alcohol and addiction studies. His articles have appeared in Law and Society Review, Critical Sociology, Contemporary Drug Problems and other venues. He has been on the faculty in sociology and criminal justice studies at Western Michigan University since 2001. He lives with his wife in Okemos, MI, outside of Lansing, and has two sons.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Policing and society, especially pre-arrest/booking programs and crisis intervention teams; Public safety, especially fire control and housing regulation; political sociology; the sociology of organizations; drug control policy.
Movies, walking, traveling, cities.