Area of Expertise
Terrorism; miscarriages of justice; law enforcement; privatization of policing; prosecution; sentencing; criminal justice policy and the exercise of discretion; deterrence and the death penalty; law and economics; socioeconomics of crime and justice
Brian Forst's book, Terrorism, Crime and Public Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2009) has been widely praised by authorities on terrorism, public policy, and criminology. Forst's earlier book, Errors of Justice: Nature, Sources and Remedies (Cambridge University Press, 2004), was named Book of the Year in 2006 by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Forst coedited After Terror: Accelerating Dialogue Among Civilizations (Polity Press, 2005) with Akbar Ahmed. This book features original essays by Kofi Annan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Amitai Etzioni, former president Khatami of Iran, Bernard Lewis, Queen Noor of Jordan, Joseph Nye, Judea Pearl, Sir Ravi Shankar, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, E. O. Wilson, and several other distinquished contributors. His third book on terrorism, Criminologists on Terrorism and Homeland Security, coedited with James Lynch and Jack Greene, was published by Cambridge University Press in early 2011. In 1999 he coauthored The Privatization of Policing: Two Views (Georgetown University Press, 1999), with Peter Manning. He was a voting member of the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission from 2004 through 2010.