Wesley S. McCann

Wesley S. McCann

Wesley S. McCann

Assistant Professor

Terrorism, Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVP), Immigration, Criminal Law and Courts

Wesley S. McCann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society. He holds a PhD in criminal justice and criminology from Washington State University where he also competed on the track and field team. He has published numerous articles dealing with terrorism, immigration, and criminal law and courts, and is the author of National Security and Policy in America: Immigrants, Crime, and the Securitization of the Border (Routledge, 2020) as well as recent publications on CBRN Terrorism in leading terrorism journals. 

Current Research

An expert on extremism, preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE), and criminal law, he is currently researching why non-state actors pursue chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons; whether military intervention influences the tactics and weapons terrorist groups pursue and use; the impact of the Department of Homeland Security's 287(g) program on local crime; and the correlates of anti-immigrant sentiment. He is also leading a research team on state judicial selection requirements and processes to inform federal judicial reform efforts.

 

His work has appeared in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Applied Security Research, Social Science Quarterly, American Journal of Criminal Justice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Criminal Justice Review, Corrections, Criminal Law Bulletin, Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and various law reviews.

Selected Publications

McCann, Wesley S. (2021). Islamic Extremism and CBRN Weapons. Terrorism and Political Violence

McCann, Wesley S. (2021). The Siege: Religious-Inspired Terrorism and CBRN Weapons. Journal of Applied Security Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/19361610.2020.1860631

McCann, Wesley S. and Boateng, Francis (2019/2020). National Security and Policy in America: Immigrants, Crime, and the Securitization of the Border. London, U.K.: Routledge.

McCann, Wesley S., & Pimley, Nicholas (2019). Eliminating Extremism: A Legal Analysis of Hate Crime and Terrorism Laws in the United States. Terrorism & Political Violence. https://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2019.1699794

Courses Taught

CRIM 424: Constitutional Law: Process and Rights

CRIM 495: Senior Capstone in Criminology, Law and Society 

Education

BA, Political Science, Washington State University (2013)

MA, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University (2014)

PhD, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Washington State University (2017)

Recent Presentations

McCann, Wesley S. (in press). Islamic Extremism and CBRN Weapons. Terrorism and Political Violence 

McCann, Wesley S. & Boateng, Francis (2021). An Examination of Immigrant Hate Crime Victimization. American Journal of Criminal Justice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12103-021-09616-x

McCann, Wesley S., Zhang, Saijun, Boateng, Francis. (2021). Immigrants, Crime, and the American Dream: Testing an Assimilation Theory of Crime. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X21994061

McCann, Wesley S. (2021). The Siege: Religious-Inspired Terrorism and CBRN Weapons. Journal of Applied Security Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/19361610.2020.1860631

Boateng, Francis, McCann, Wesley S., Chenane Nkogo, Joselyne, & Pryce, Daniel (2020). Perceptions of Immigrants in Europe: A Multilevel Assessment of Macrolevel Conditions. Social Science Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssqu.12888

McCann, Wesley S. (2020). Research Note: Who Said We Were Terrorists? Issues with Terrorism Data and Inclusion Criteria. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1057610X.2020.1816676

McCann, Wesley S. & Boateng, Francis (2020). An Examination of American Perceptions of the Immigrant-Crime Relationship. American Journal of Criminal Justice

In the Media

25 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing, Anxieties Remain High. Sean Murphy, Associated Press, April 16, 2020. https://apnews.com/aca553750da7df122884db27423b8d95