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Dr. James O. Finckenauer


Ph.D. (1971) New York University; MA (1964) Sociology and Criminology, New York University; BA (1961) Sociology, Gettysburg College

Areas of Specialization

Organized Crime
International & Comparative Crime and Justice
Juvenile Delinquency
Juvenile Justice
Crime Policy, Planning & Evaluation


Dr. Finckenauer, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Professorial Fellow, taught at Rutgers University, Newark., NJ, for 37 years. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited a dozen books as well as numerous articles, chapters and reports. Among other honors, he served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime. He was a visiting professor in Australia, China, Germany, Japan, and Russia, and studied or lectured in Europe, Asia, the former Soviet Union, Latin America and the Middle East. From 1998-2002, he was Director of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice; and in 2007 he was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Hong Kong. His current activities include serving Rutgers as Co-editor of the Online Journal of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Reviews. He is an Associate Editor in the development of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology, and a peer reviewer for the Fulbright Specialist Program.