James Densley, Ph.D.

senior advisor, Research & evaluation

Senior security advisor to both the Worship Security Association and Kingswood Security Consulting, with an emphasis on research and evaluation. He is an associate professor of criminal justice at Metropolitan State University and co-founder of The Violence Project LLC. He has received local, national, and international media attention for his work on street gangs, criminal networks, violence, and policing. Densley is the author of Minnesota’s Criminal Justice System (Carolina Academic Press, 2016), the award-winning How Gangs Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Associate of the Extra-Legal Governance Institute at the University of Oxford, where he earned his Ph.D. in sociology. Densley is a recognized speaker on crime trends at places of worship and for his research into deadly force incidents across America.