Christian Bolden earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Central Florida and Masters in Sociology from Texas State University-San Marcos. His areas of research include gang histories and processes, mass incarceration, and human trafficking. His recent book Out of the Red: My Life of Gangs, Prison, and Redemption received the 2020 Frank Tannenbaum Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Convict Criminology, and resulted in the 20-21 Loyola Faculty Senate Award for Research. In 2012-2013, Dr. Bolden was the “Futurist in Residence” research fellow for the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.
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Illustrates the pathbreaking story of how social forces and personal choices combined to deliver an unfortunate fate.
Describes the spectrum of gang organization, typology, and affiliation in the United States.
Studies the prevalence of trafficking among homeless and marginally-housed youth in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Analyzes differences between traditional and hybrid gangs. Uses a social networking lens to analyze relations between members of rival gangs, and finds routine cooperation as a common feature in the gang landscape.
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.
Explores the origin, social processes, and extent of criminal activity in the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs.
Examines how people enter and exit gangs. Finds that violent gang initiation is not the only method of entrance, and that exiting gangs is common but success is tied to geographic separation and alternative support systems.
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.