Nov 08, 2017
Professor James Densley
Metropolitan State University/Violence Project
Dr. James Densley is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, part of the Minnesota State system. He is also co-founder and co-owner (with Jillian Peterson) of The Violence Project, LLC.
Densley has published more than 30 refereed articles and book chapters in leading social science outlets and has received local, national, and international media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policingHe is the author of How Gangs Work: An Ethnography of Youth Violence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and coauthor of Minnesota's Criminal Justice System (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). He also has written for CNNMinnPostStarTribuneThe Sun, and The Wall Street Journal.
Densley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and an Associate of the Extra-Legal Governance Institute at his alma mater, the University of Oxford. He earned a D.Phil. and M.Sc. in Sociology from St. Antony's College, Oxford, in addition to an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University and a First Class B.A. (Hons.) in Sociology with American Studies from the University of Northampton, where he is a noted alumnusDensley is a former special education teacher and NYC Teaching Fellow.