Professor of Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University

Dr. James Densley is Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, part of the Minnesota State system, and co-founder of The Violence Project. Densley 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 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 40 refereed articles in leading social science journals, and over 50 book chapters, essays, and other non-refereed works in outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The Herald, HuffPost, Los Angeles Times, MinnPost, The Star Tribune, The Sun, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His articles for The Conversation have been reprinted in The Chicago Tribune and Salon among other outlets.


  • 2011–present
    Associate professor, Metropolitan State University


  • 2011 
    University of Oxford, PhD