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James Alan Fox

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Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has written 18 books, including, Extreme Killing, The Will to Kill, Violence and Security on Campus, and, his newest, Randomized Response and Related Methods. He has published 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. In addition, as a member of its Board of Contributors, his column appears regularly in USA Today. He is one of the principals in maintenance of the Associated Press/USA Today/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database. 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. He has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases and served for several years as a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing on homicide patterns and trends. He was also the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Finally, Fox was honored in 2007 by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty with the Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in capital punishment scholarship and by Northeastern University with the 2008 Klein Lectureship.

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  • J. Francis Finnegan Prize in Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, 1974.
  • J. Parker Bursk Prize in Statistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1975.
  • Professor of the Year award for teaching, Graduate School of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1986-87.
  • Named to list of 100 Who Made Their Mark, Northeastern Magazine, Centennial Edition, September 1998.
  • Awarded The Lipman Family Chair in Criminal Justice,´ Northeastern University, 1999.
  • Cole Professorship, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, 1999-2000.
  • John T. Holden Memorial Fund Lecture, University of New Hampshire, 2007.
  • Recipient, Hugo Adam Bedau Award for excellence in death penalty scholarship, Massachusetts Citizens against the Death Penalty, 2007.
  • Klein Memorial Lectureship, Northeastern University, 2008
  • James Alan Fox, Forecasting Crime Data: An Econometric Analysis. Lexington Books, Lexington, MA, 1978.
  • James Alan Fox, ed., Methods in Quantitative Criminology. Academic Press, New York, 1981.
  • James Alan Fox, ed., Models in Quantitative Criminology. Academic Press, New York, 1981.
  • Jack Levin and James Alan Fox, Mass Murder: America’s Growing Menace. Plenum Press, New York, 1985; Berkley Books paperback edition, 1991.
  • James Alan Fox and Paul E. Tracy, Randomized Response: A Method for Sensitive Surveys. Sage University Paper series in Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences. Sage Publications, Beverly Hills, CA, 1986.
  • Education

    Ph.D., 1976, Sociology
    University of Pennsylvania

  • Contact

    617-373-3296 j.fox@northeastern.edu
  • Address

    423 Churchill Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115