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Jack Levin (born June 28, 1941), Ph.D. is the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches courses in prejudice and violence. 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.
As part of an agreement reached with Northeastern University, Levin teaches only one course per year, "Sociology of Violence and Hate." The course is offered every Fall semester, and is held in Shillman Hall due to its large class size, more than 100 students.
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," and Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers: Up Close and Personal. 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, and USA Today.
He has appeared frequently on national television programs, including 48 Hours, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, Rivera Live, Larry King Live, and all network newscasts.
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, Eastern Sociological Society, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, and Society for the Study of Social Problems. 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, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
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