Darrell Irwin

Assistant Professor in Residence


Darrell D. Irwin, has been actively involved in the promoting of international engagement in academia. Previously, he was a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW).  In 2014 he became the Dean of the School of Sociology and Distinguished Professor at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China.  Dr. Irwin played a critical role in working towards internationalization and strategies to develop the School’s two disciplines, Sociology and Social Work, at Central China Normal University, a leading institution of higher education in China.  He has written scholarly articles and given invited lectures throughout China on the Chinese system of justice and the history and mission of their police agencies.   His research areas include comparative sociology, criminology, and substance abuse.  He serves on the Editorial Board of the Sage journal, Chinese Sociological Dialogue.  His publications include a book, and numerous articles in criminology and sociology journals.

Ph.D., 1994. Loyola University Chicago
M.A., 1988 Loyola University Chicago
B.A., 1980 University of Florida

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; and Haoyue Zhang.
“Staffing Composition, Offender Profiles, and Supervision in China’s Community
Corrections”. The Prison Journal. (forthcoming).

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, 2018.

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” translated in Mandarin for Encyclopedia of China
Publishing House: Foreign Scholars on Chinese Law. Beijing, China. 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. “How the Dragon of Prosperity Uses State Power and Resources in Africa
to Displace Western Influence” National Strategy Forum Review. Winter 2013.

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. “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., 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.

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


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