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Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

James Alan Fox has published 18 books, dozens of journal and magazine articles, and hundreds of freelance columns in newspapers around the country, primarily in the areas of multiple murder, youth crime, school and campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment. As a member of its Board of Contributors, his column appears regularly in USA Today. In addition, he was the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Fox is one of the principals in maintaining the Associated Press/USA Today/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database. He has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases and served as a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Fox often gives keynote talks on campuses and to professional or community groups, as well as testimony before Congress and in court. He has presented to various leaders here and abroad, including President Clinton, Attorneys General Reno and Holder, and Princess Anne of Great Britain.


View CV
  • The Lipman Family Chair in Criminology, Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University, 1999 – present
  • Cole Professorship, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, 1999-2000
  • John T. Holden Memorial Fund ecture, University of New Hampshire, 2007
  • Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in death penalty scholarship, Massachusetts Citizens against the Death Penalty, 2007
  • Klein Memorial Lectureship, Northeastern University, 2008
  • Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Central Florida, 2014



Course catalog
  • Offers a foundation in different statistical techniques that may be utilized to answer research questions in the social sciences. Examines a range of computational social science techniques across data platforms to address crime and criminal justice system problems. Emphasizes existing databases that may inform questions about crime and criminal justice. Also introduces students to different ways to display or visualize quantitative data. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to produce and consume quantitative information.