Christian L. Bolden

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Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Loyola University New Orleans

6363 St. Charles Ave.
Box 55
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 865-3124

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.

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Key Publications

  • "Trafficking and Exploitative Labor among Homeless Youth in New Orleans," (with Laura Murphy and Rae Taylor), 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 Darrell Dones and Michael Buerger), 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.

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