Welcome to my Boston.com blog. In the months to come, I hope to provide you with food for thought about the economy and public policy — particularly about Greater Boston and Massachusetts but often about the nation and the world. There will be plenty of numbers and statistics, but I hope you will find that within those numbers there are big stories. Many you may find surprising, some I hope you find thought-provoking, and others just plain fun. As an economist, I work with numbers and statistics all the time. These can be pretty tiresome until you see the story within. I’ll do my best to reveal these stories and would appreciate hearing back from you about your own interpretations.
James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has written 18 books, including his newest, “Violence and Security on Campus: From Preschool through College.” 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.
Fox often gives keynote talks and testimony before Congress and in court. He has briefed various leaders here and abroad, including President Clinton, Attorney General Reno and Princess Anne of Great Britain. He has worked on criminal investigations surrounding serial and mass murder cases and served as a visiting fellow with the Bureau of Justice Statistics focusing on homicide patterns and 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.
Graduate students in the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs
This blog covers issues related to sustainability in Greater Boston with a particular emphasis on municipal policy.