James Quinn Wilson (May 27, 1931 – March 2, 2012) was an American conservative academic, political scientist, and an authority on public administration.
Most of his career was spent as a professor at UCLA and Harvard University.
He was the chairman of the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute, member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1985–1990), and the President's Council on Bioethics.
He was Director of Joint Center for Urban Studies at Harvard-MIT.
He was the former president of the American Political Science Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society and Human Rights Foundation.
He also was a co-author of a leading university textbook, American Government, and wrote many scholarly books and articles, and op-ed essays.
He gained national attention for a 1982 article introducing the broken windows theory in The Atlantic.
In 2003, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George W.