Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University

Dr. James Densley is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, part of the Minnesota State system (USA). He is also co-founder of The Violence Project LLC. Densley has received global media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. He is the author of How Gangs Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and close to 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is a regular contributor to MinnPost, one of the country’s leading nonprofit news organizations, and has written for CNN, The Conversation, The Herald, The StarTribune, The Sun, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • 2011–present
    Associate professor, Metropolitan State University


  • 2011 
    University of Oxford, PhD