Professor of Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University

Dr. James Densley is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University, part of the Minnesota State system, and a Fellow of the Center for Justice and Law at Hamline University. 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 the award-winning How Gangs Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and close to 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Densley's writing has also featured for CNN, The Guardian, The Herald (Scotland), HuffPost, MinnPost, The StarTribune, The Sun (UK), and The Wall Street Journal. His articles for The Conversation have been reprinted in The Chicago Tribune, The LA Times, and Salon.


  • 2011–present
    Associate professor, Metropolitan State University


  • 2011 
    University of Oxford, PhD