The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark contrast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Ceremonies, associate professor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.
Law professor Jessica Silbey will discuss the history of law in American film on Wednesday at a Law Library of Congress event. Here, she looks at the pitfalls of crime shows, names her favorite legal drama, and explains how the depiction of law in film has changed over the past 125 years.
In a recently published study, Northeastern University assistant professor Daniel T. O’Brien offered a new model for advancing the study of neighborhood dynamics. He leveraged Big Data to shed new light on what factors predict crime in urban neighborhoods, finding that private conflict—not public disorder—is a strong indicator.
Shelley Murphy, a journalist for The Boston Globe, co-wrote a new book on the notorious gangster, who was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the lam.
Professor Jack Levin examines the unusual nature of a murder case in which three young men served nearly 20 years in prison for a crime that new DNA analysis suggests they did not commit
Last week’s terrorist attack in Norway stunned that nation and the world. We asked Jack Levin, the Brudnick Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, who specializes in the study of violence and hate, to discuss the mindset of the accused killer and the potential for changes in Norway’s judicial system, which imposes relatively lenient sentences for brutal crimes.
Northeastern University psychology professor assesses the motivations of crime figures like James “Whitey” Bulger and those who exalt them as heroes.
Journalist and alumnus Jeff Benedict discusses the issues raised by his Sports Illustrated story about criminal behavior in the ranks of the nation’s elite college football players
English professor and acclaimed popular novelist extracts his best story ideas from pop culture and his own experience