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Connie Fletcher, PhD

Associate Professor Emeritus

  • 312.915.6819
  • School of Communication 210
  • Education

    PhD English Literature, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

    MA English Literature, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

    BA Classics and English, Loyola University Chicago

    Connie Fletcher is both scholar and a New York Times best-selling author. Dr. Fletcher has written five books. The most recent, Every Contact Leaves a Trace, was published in 2007. In it, crime scene investigators discuss their work. Her first book, Who Runs Chicago?, a collaboration with two Chicago Tribune reporters, outlined the power structure in Chicago. She has also written three oral histories of police: "What Cops Know," "Pure Cop," and "Breaking and Entering: Women Cops."

    Dr. Fletcher's books have been published in several languages including Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

    Dr. Fletcher's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Advertising Age, Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, and the New York Times Book Review.

    Dr. Fletcher has appeared on Oprah!, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR's "Fresh Air," and WGN Radio. She has presented at regional, national, and international communication and forensic/police conferences, including the National Communication Assn., the International Listening Association, and the American Association of Forensic Scientists. Her crime books are taught in numerous criminal justice programs in U.S. universities and at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

    In spring 2012, Dr. Fletcher was among 300 college professors named in a new book entitled The Best 300 Professors (Random House/Princeton Review).

    Courses Taught

    Investigative Journalism, Interviewing, Reporting & Writing, Advanced Reporting, Ethics and Communication and Literary Journalism.