Dr. James Densley is Professor of Criminal Justice and Department Chair of the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metro State University, part of the Minnesota State system. He is also co-founder and co-president (with Jillian Peterson) of The Violence Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research center best known for its mass shooter database, funded by the National Institute of Justice.
Densley has received global media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. He is the author or co-author of eight books, including The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic, winner of the 2022 Minnesota Book Award; more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in leading scientific journals; and over 100 book chapters, essays, and other works in outlets such as CNN, Education Week, The Guardian, HuffPost, The Los Angeles Times, Scientific American, TIME, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
Densley earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Oxford. He is a former middle school special education teacher and in 2017 he was awarded the Points of Light Award for outstanding community volunteerism by the UK Prime Minister. Densley was Metro State's first and only "University Scholar." He has brought in over US$1 million in external funding and has been an invited or plenary speaker on four continents.
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