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Professor of the Practice Emeritus in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Jack McDevitt is the co-author of three books: Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed, Hate Crime Revisited: American War on Those Who Are Different (both with Jack Levin) and Victimology (with Judy Sgarzy). He has spoken on hate crime, racial profiling human trafficking and security both nationally and internationally and has testified as an expert witness before the Judiciary Committees of both U.S. Senate and The U.S. House of Representatives and as invited expert at the White House.

In January 2013, McDevitt was appointed by Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo to lead a special commission on gun violence.

In June of 2020, McDevitt was asked by Northeastern University President Aoun to Chair an Advisory Board on ways to improve the Northeastern University Police Department.


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2018 Selected Mentor of the Year by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

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    PhD, Law, Policy, and Society, Northeastern University

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    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

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  • Studies materials that define and describe love and hate from the fields of literature and literary criticism, social psychology, and criminology and criminal justice. “Love” and “hate” are small words describing powerful emotions with profound effects on individuals and on social groups. Focusing largely on contemporary examples, offers students an opportunity to analyze the differences and areas of overlap in the above fields’ approaches to love and hate, to discuss societal responses to these emotions, and to apply the methodologies of each field to research questions of their own. INSH 2101 and PSYC 2101 are cross-listed.