Darrell Irwin

Assistant Professor



Research Interests

My research interests include persistence in drug use and its linkage to criminality, policing and international responses to crime. Additionally, I examine national and international policy-making groups that enact and enforce drug, crime and prison policies. No past projects at UConn. I have been a principal investigator on five research grants on gun violence and on one gang assessment grant at UNC-Wilmington. I continue to maintain my active research agenda, applying for grants and disseminating publications, based on my research interest in public policies and criminology. In CHIP is multi-disciplinary and at UConn CLAS we’re encouraged to collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues.


PhD, Loyola U Chicago, 1994

Recent Publications


Irwin, Darrell D. Case Studies of the Use of Drug Testing in Corporations: Deviance in Large Organizations. San Francisco: Mellen Research University Press, 1991.

Book Chapters and Research Briefing:

Irwin, Darrell. “A Window into the Rule of Law through Anti-Corruption Campaigns in China.” Proceedings of International Conference on Rule of Law in China. KoGuan Law School; Jiao Tong University. Shanghai, China. January, 2015.

Irwin, Darrell D. “The Showdown with Shrinking Budgets: Police Departments in Economic Downturns” in Mathieu Deflem. (Ed) Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance Vol. 16. “Economic Crisis and Crime”. London: Emerald: 2011.

Irwin, Darrell D., Gloria George-Davis and Clyde McDaniel “The Black Church and Youth Socialization Through Community Mentoring” Chapter in McDaniel (Ed) Twenty-First Century African-American Social Thought. New York: Harcourt. 2000.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Jiang, Shanhe; Zhang Dawei; and Darrell Irwin. “An exploratory study of the views of supervision strategies by community corrections probationers in China”. The Prison Journal. (forthcoming).

Zhang, Dawei; Irwin, Darrell; Jiang, Shanhe; Zhang, Haoyue and Huang, Shuaining. “Staffing Composition, Offender Profiles, and Supervision in China’s Community Corrections”. The Prison Journal. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032885519836955

Irwin, Darrell D. and Wei Zhao. “The Mission of the Chinese Police: The Changing Police Role from Dynastic to New China” Current Problems of the Penal Law and Criminology. 8th Edition. C.H. Beck, 2019.

Irwin, Darrell D., Dawei Zhang and Susu Wang. “China’s Social Transformation and the Development of Rural Community Corrections”. In Donnermeyer, J. (Ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology. NY: Routledge. 2016.

Irwin, Darrell D. and Cecil L. Willis. “Privilege, the Party and Reform: China’s New Leadership Confronts Corruption” Current Problems of the Penal Law and Criminology. 6th Edition. C.H. Beck, August, 2014.

Irwin, Darrell D. and Cecil L. Willis, “Success or Sorrow: The Paradoxical View of Crime Control Campaigns in China” International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice. Vol. 38, Issue. 1, 63-81, 2014.

Irwin, Darrell D. “Awards for Suffering: The Nobel Peace Prize Recipients of South Africa” Contemporary Justice Review. June, 12 (2), 157-171. 2009.

Irwin, Darrell D. and Cecil L. Willis “Problem-Solving Innovations in a Traditional Police Department with Changes in Police Administration” Law Enforcement Executive
Forum Vol. 7 (4) 11-26, 2007.

Irwin, Darrell D. “Alternatives to Delinquency in Harlem: A Study of Faith-Based Community Mentoring.” The Justice Professional 15, (1) 1-8, 2002.

Irwin, Darrell D. “Identifying the Process of Drug Court Treatment in Small Towns and Mid-Sized Cities” Journal of Crime and Justice Vol. 25 (1) 63-80, 2002.

Irwin, Darrell D. “The Straight Edge Subculture: Examining the Youths’ Drug-Free Way” Journal of Drug Issues. 29 (2) 365-380, 1999.

Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-4814
Mailing Address344 Manchester Rd Box 1068 Storrs, CT 06269-1068 United States