James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has been a member of the Northeastern University faculty since 1977, and served as the Dean of the College of Criminal Justice from 1991 through 1999.
Fox has written 18 books, including Extreme Killing:
Understanding Serial and Mass Murder, The Will to Kill: Making
Sense of Senseless Murder, Violence, Security on Campus:
From Preschool through College, and several widely-used
statistics textbooks. He has published dozens of journal and
magazine articles, primarily in the areas of serial murder, mass
shootings, intimate partner homicide, youth crime, school and
campus violence, workplace violence, and capital punishment, and
was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of
Quantitative Criminology. He has also published nearly 300
op-ed columns in newspapers around the country, including the
New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston
Globe and USA Today. As a member of its Board of
Contributors, his opinion columns appear frequently in USA
Today. Prior to this role, he wrote a bi-weekly column in
the Boston Herald and the “Crime and Punishment” blog
for the Boston Globe.
As an authority on homicide,
Fox frequently appears on national television programs and
newscasts, and is regularly interviewed by the press. He was
profiled in a two-part cover story in USA Today, in
feature stories in the New York Times and the Scientific
American, in feature segments on CBS and CNN, as well as in
other media outlets. He has also served as an on-air crime news
analyst/consultant for NBC/MSNBC.
Professor Fox often gives
lectures and expert testimony, including over 100 keynote or
campus-wide addresses around the country, 16 appearances before
the U.S. Congress, White House meetings with President and Mrs.
Clinton and Vice President Gore on youth violence, private
briefings to Attorney General Reno on trends in violence, and
presentations for Attorney General Eric Holder and for Princess
Anne of Great Britain.
Fox served on President Clinton’s
advisory committee on school shootings, and a Department of
Education Expert Panel on Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free
Schools. He chaired a blue-ribbon panel for the city of Seattle
investigating the March 2006 Capitol Hill massacre and has been
a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing
on the measurement of homicide trends.
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.