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James Alan Fox, PhD Biography

Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“It is not surprising that most schoolyard shooters and many adult mass murderers played violent video games in their spare time. To be sure, violent people are often attracted to violent entertainment, on TV, in film, or through game consoles. However, the ability to document a direct causal link indicating that consuming violent entertainment leads to violent behavior has eluded social science researchers for years…

To the extent that youngsters spend endless hours being entertained by violence says more about the lack of parental supervision and control. It isn’t that the entertainment media are so powerful; it is that our other institutions – family, school, religion, and neighborhood – have grown weaker with respect to socializing children… Banning violent entertainment may be an easy fix, especially when policymakers are unwilling or unable to deal with the more fundamental causes of violence.”

Cowritten with Monica J. Delateur, PhD, “Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown,” Homicide Studies, Dec. 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Columnist and Member of the Board of Contributors, USA Today, July 2013-present
  • Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy, Northeastern University, 2010-present
  • Consultant, National Institute of Justice, 1978-present
  • Blogger, Boston Globe, Mar. 2010-Mar. 2014
  • Professor of Law, Policy and Society, Northeastern University, 2007-2010
  • Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1999-2010
  • Bi-Weekly Columnist, Boston Herald, 2005-2006
  • Dean, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1991-1999
  • Professor, Northeastern University, 1985-1999
  • Director, Graduate School of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1990-1992
  • Associate Professor, Northeastern University, 1982-1985
  • Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, 1977-1982
  • Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1975-1976
  • Instructor, Department of Economics, Community College of Philadelphia, 1974-1975
  • Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Eastern Michigan University, 1972-1973
  • Education:
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1976
  • MA, Statistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1975
  • MA, Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, 1974
  • AB, Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Other:
  • Twitter handle: @jamesalanfox
  • Member, Editorial Board, Crime Psychology Review, 2015-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Violence and Gender, June 2013-present
  • Recipient, Hugo Adam Bedau Award for Excellence in Death Penalty Scholarship, Massachusetts Citizens against the Death Penalty, 2007
  • Named in the list of “100 Who Made Their Mark,” Northeastern Magazine Centennial Edition, Sep. 1998
  • Recipient, Professor of the Year Award for Teaching, Graduate School of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, 1986-87
  • Recipient, J. Parker Bursk Prize in Statistics, University of Pennsylvania, 1975
  • Recipient, J. Francis Finnegan Prize in Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, 1974
  • Has provided US Congressional Testimony and State Hearing Testimony
  • Has been profiled in the Sunday New York Times, Scientific American, Yahoo! Internet Life, Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, London Observer, Boston Phoenix, and USA Today
  • Has published opinion pieces in: New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor and the Chronicle of Higher Education