Jack Levin

Professor Emeritus
education Ph.D., 1968, Sociology
Boston University
Mailing address 569 HO
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Jack Levin, PhD, is a professor emeritus at Northeastern University, where he was previously the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology and co-directed the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict.

He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including Mass Murder: America’ s Growing Menace, Why We Hate, The Functions of Prejudice, Hate Crimes Revisited, The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder, Domestic Terrorism, Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers—Up Close and Personal, and The Violence of Hate.

Dr. Levin has published more than 150 articles in professional journals and newspapers, such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and USA Today.

He appears frequently on national television programs, including 48 Hours, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, and all network newscasts.

Dr. Levin was honored by the Massachusetts Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its “Professor of the Year.” He has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (a membership of 59 countries) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Selected Publications

Jack Levin, Blurring the Boundaries of Age: Childhood and Adulthood in an Age of Ambiguity, (Routledge, 2012).

James Fox and Jack Levin. The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murger. (Allyn and Bacon, 2011).

James Fox and Jack Levin. Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder. (Sage Publications, 2011).

Jack Levin and J. Nolan. The Violence of Hate. (Allyn and Bacon, 2010).

Jack Levin. Serial Killers and Sadistic Murders – Up Close and Personal. (Prometheus Books, 2008).

Jack Levin and G. Rabrenovic. Why We Hate. (Prometheus Books, 2004).

Selected Honors & Awards

International Who’s Who, 2010

American Sociological Association, Public Understanding of Sociology Award, 2009-2010.

Apple Award for Exemplary Contributions to the Teaching of Sociology, New England Sociological Association, 2009.

Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Outstanding Professor, 2008, 2010

Photograph included in Bill Brett, Boston, An Extended Family (Commonwealth Editions, 2007).

Honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi, 2007.

Aspiration Award, Northeastern University, 2006.

Robin Williams Distinguished Lecturer, Eastern Sociological Society, 2004-5

Who’s Who in the Social Sciences, 2004-2005

Sign of Honour for contributions to international collaboration, South-West University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, 2002.

Named to list of “100 Who Made Their Mark,” Northeastern University Magazine, September 1998

Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Northeastern University, 1997-present

College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University, 1996-1999

Urban Law and Public Policy Institute Distinguished Professor,Northeastern University Law School, 1995-1996

CASE Professor of the Year, Massachusetts, 1991-92

Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1991

Pioneer Award, New England Sociological Association, 1991

Award, Disabilities Resource Center, Northeastern University, 1990

Instructional Fellowship Award, Northeastern University, 1984

Excellence in Teaching Award, Northeastern University, 1981

Research Grants: Anti-Defamation League, Boston University, Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern, U.S. Department of Education

President’s Commission on Obscenity and Pornography

Who’s Who in Education, Nursing, the East and the World

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Eastern Sociological Society (Vice President, 1994-95)

American Sociological Association

American Society of Criminology

International Society of Political Psychology

American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences