Jack Levin

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Jack Levin, Ph.D. born June 28, 1941 specializes in research on murder, prejudice and hate, sociology of aging and sociology of conflict at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He has interviewed and corresponded with brutal killers, such as Hillside Strangler and Charles Manson, and other violent criminals-serial killers and rapists, mass murders, and vicious hatemongers. He is also asked by news and television reports to comment on important occurrences of homicide or hate. Along with interviews, writing material, teaching classes and research Levin has also given talks about violence or hate to groups including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, Department of Justice, theDepartment of Education, OSCE’s Officer for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and theInternational Association of Chiefs of Police.[2] Jack Levin has authored and co-authored over 30 books and has written and published over 200 articles.

Jack Levin
Born June 28, 1941
Nationality American
Fields Prejudice, Hate. Sociology of Aging, Sociology of Conflict
Spouse Norma Levin
Children Make Levin, Douglas Levin

Biography[edit]

Current[edit]

Jack Levin, Ph.D. is currently the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches one course per year, “Sociology of Violence and Hate.” His course is only offered in the Fall semester and is held in Shillman Hall due to its large class size. He specializes in criminology, prejudice, and aging and is considered an authority on serial killers, mass murderers, and hate crimes. He is also the co-director of the Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence at Northeastern University[1] Levin was honored by the Massachusetts Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its “Professor of the Year” and has received awards from the American Sociological Association, New England Association, Eastern Sociological Society, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, and Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Books/Publications[edit]

Levin has authored or co-authored 31 books, including:

  • Mass Murder: America’ s Growing Menace
  • Killer on Campus
  • Overkill: Mass Murder and Serial Killing Exposed
  • Hate Crimes Revisited
  • The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder
  • The Violence of Hate
  • Blurring the Boundaries of Age: Childhood and Adulthood in an Age of Ambiguity
  • Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers: Up Close and Personal.
  • Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder
  • Why We Hate
  • Hate Crimes Revisited: America’s War on Those who are Different
  • Ageism: Prejudice and Discrimination Against the Elderly
  • Hate Crimes: The Rising Tide of Bigotry and Bloodshed
  • Multiple Homicide: Patterns of Serial and Mass Murder

Teaching History[edit]

  • 1968-1970: Assistant Professor at Boston University
  • 1970-1975: Assistant Professor at Northeastern University
  • 1975-1980: Associate Professor at Northeastern University
  • 1980–present: Professor at Northeastern University

Major Accomplishments[edit]

Contributions to Forensic Psychology[edit]

Levin has provided deep intuitive understanding about the different types of killers and the reason behind their motivation to kill. What is so notable about Levin's contribution to forensic psychology is not only does he present information on how to understand the mind of a killer but he also suggests ways to prevent and intervene with habits and thoughts of potential killers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jack, Levin. "Jack Levin". Northeastern University: Department of Sociology and Anothropology. Northeastern University. 
  2. ^ Levin, Jack. "Home". JackLevinOnViolence.com. Jack Levin. 

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