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Henry Brownstein

Distinguished Research Professor


Dr. Henry H. Brownstein is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in West Virginia University. He

has been Associate Dean for Research in the Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University (2014-17); a Senior Vice President and Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago (2005-2014); Director of the Center on Crime, Drugs, and Justice at Abt Associates (2004-05); Director of the Drugs and Crime Division at the National Institute of Justice (2000-2004); Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore (1995-2000); a Principal Researcher, the Statistical Analysis Center Director, and the Chief of Statistical Services for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (1982-95); and an Assistant Professor at Russell Sage College (1977-82). In addition, he has conducted research and policy studies for other organizations including National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. (NDRI), the Institute for Scientific Analysis, and Gryphon Scientific. Over the years has been awarded almost $10 million in grants as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. He is the author of five books and the editor or co-editor of two more on drugs and society, drug markets, drug policy, and crime and violence. He is the author or co-author of more than 60 journal articles and book chapters as well as several government reports, essays, and op ed articles. He was awarded his PhD in sociology from Temple University in 1977. He is the recipient of the Senior Scholar Award for 2017 from the American Sociological Association Section on Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco.