Finn-Aage Esbensen is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Tufts University. His Ph.D. (Sociology, 1982) was awarded by the University of Colorado, Boulder.
His research has covered a broad spectrum of methodologies and topics from participant observation in a county jail to conducting longitudinal national surveys of adolescents. Throughout his career, he has been interested in the nexus between research and policy, working on both evaluation and basic research projects. He is currently the Principal Investigator on a multi-year study of school safety – the UMSL Comprehensive School Safety Initiative – that is funded by the National Institute of Justice.
Areas of Specialization
Youth violence and gangs
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