Victim Researcher Profile

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James Densley

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STATE

Minnesota

INSTITUTION

Metropolitan State University

TITLE

Professor

EDUCATION

PhD

DISCIPLINE

Sociology and Criminology

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

6-10 years

BIO

James Densley is professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University, part of the Minnesota State System. He has received global media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. He is the author of two books, including the award-winning, How Gangs Work: An Ethnography of Youth Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 40 refereed articles, and over 50 book chapters, essays, and other non-refereed works for outlets including CNN, The Guardian, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Densley is currently co-principal investigator of a National Institute of Justice-funded study of public mass shooters in America. His past work has explored "county lines" drug-dealing and child criminal exploitation. Densley is co-founder of Growing Against Violence, a London-based charity that since 2008 has delivered violence prevention programming to nearly 200,000 children and young people in hundreds of schools.

VICTIMIZATION FOCUS

Child Trafficking and Exploitation, Computer/Internet Crimes, Drug-Related Victimization, Gun Violence, Terrorism and Mass Violence, Gangs

SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Child victims, Men and boys of color, Urban high crime neighborhood victims

RESEARCH EXPERTISE

Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Ethnography, Program evaluation, Qualitative studies, Training and/or technical assistance

VICTIM RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Community-based participatory research, Data collection, Descriptive studies, Ethnography, Qualitative studies, Training and/or technical assistance