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Christian Bolden

Associate Professor

Christian Bolden
Christian Bolden

Christian Bolden earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Central Florida and Masters in Sociology from Texas State University-San Marcos. As a recipient of a 2015 Marquette fellowship, Dr. Bolden is currently researching street culture through in-depth interviews with gang members in the Greater New Orleans area. He also studies comparative gang dynamics between groups in different regions and examines homicide trends. Dr. Bolden’s most recent activities include participation in the Modern Slavery Research Project at Loyola University New Orleans, which resulted in the (2015) report “Trafficking and Exploitative Labor Amongst Homeless Youth in New Orleans.”

Some of his recent publications on gang social networks can be found in Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, on gang joining and desistance in Criminal Justice Review, and on gang membership fluidity in Deviant Behavior. In 2012-2013 Dr. Bolden was selected as the “Futurist in Residence” for the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit Futures Working Group, resulting in a white paper on “Terrorism, Gangs, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Futures Assessment of a Possible Nexus.”

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Central Florida; M.A., Texas State University-San Marcos