James Alan Fox

Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University

Areas of Expertise

  • Serial and mass murder
  • Violent crime
  • School and campus violence
  • Capital punishment
  • Juvenile justice
  • Gun violence

Key Findings


James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern University, is an expert in serial and mass murder, violent crime, school and campus violence, and capital punishment.

Fox has presented to President Clinton, Attorneys General Reno and Holder, 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. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and was honored by the Massachusetts Committee against the Death Penalty for excellence in capital punishment scholarship.

Fox has been published in numerous journals and has written nearly 20 books, including The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder; Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder; Violence and Security on Campus: From Pre-School through College; and How to Work with the Media.

Fox received his Ph.D. in Sociology, M.A. in Statistics, M.A. in Criminology and A.B. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.