Christian L. Bolden
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Loyola University New Orleans
Expertise & Civic Involvements
Bolden’s areas of research and teaching expertise are street gangs, social networks, human trafficking, race/ethnicity in criminal justice, homicide, and environmental criminology. For 2012-2013, he was selected as the “Futurist in Residence” for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Science Unit- Futures Working Group, to study human trafficking and transnational crime innovation.
"Trafficking and Exploitative Labor among Homeless Youth in New Orleans," (with ), Modern Slavery Research Project, Loyola University New Orleans, March 2015. Studies the prevalence of trafficking among homeless and marginally-housed youth in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"Terrorism, Gangs, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Futures Assessment of a Potential Nexus," (with ), Futures Working Group, forthcoming. Reports on a meeting of 40 experts (researchers and law enforcement) to examine the likelihood of gangs and terrorists working together to deploy weapons of mass destruction. The report explains potential scenarios, historical precedents, and why the events have not occurred.
"Maras: Central American Youth Gangs" in Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology, edited by J. Mitch Miller (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming). Explores the origin, social processes, and extent of criminal activity in the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs.
"Gangs and Social Networks" in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (Springer, forthcoming). Debates the idea of gangs as social networks with the traditional viewpoints of organization. Examines the current state of knowledge of gangs as social networks.
"Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice" in Race, Gender, and Criminal Justice: Equality and Justice for All?, edited by Danielle McDonald and Alexis Miller (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2012). Historically assesses the concepts of race and ethnicity in the United States in relation to the criminal justice system. Compares the concepts of race and ethnicity in the United States with related ideas in other countries.
"Liquid Soldiers: Fluidity and Gang Membership" Deviant Behavior 33, no. 3 (2012): 207-222. Explores the relative ease in which gang members switched gangs and left gangs using interviews with former gang members in San Antonio, Texas.
"Charismatic Role Theory: Towards a Theory of Gang Dissipation" The Journal of Gang Research 17, no. 4 (2010): 39-70. Uses a theoretical perspective on removing charismatic core gang members to discuss how gangs dissipate or perpetuate.
- Christian L. Bolden's research on sex trafficking among homeless youth discussed in , "Human Trafficking Victims among Those Seeking Help at Covenant House, Loyola Report Says," Times-Picayune, March 11, 2015.
- Christian L. Bolden quoted on the risks homeless youth face in Kevin Ryan, "Homeless Teens at Greater Risk of Sex Trafficking" CNBC, March 10, 2015.