James M. O’Kane, Professor of Sociology,  taught at Drew since 1967 until retiring in 2006. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Sociology from New York University, his M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and his B.A. degree in Economics from St. Frances College (Brooklyn, New York).  His research interests within Sociology include criminology, research methods, demography, ethnic studies, and urban problems. He has authored over 50 articles as well as four books: “Pamplona- A Sociological Analysis of Migration and Urban Adaptation Patterns” (1981); “The Crooked Ladder: Gangsters Ethnicity and the American Dream” (1992) and “Wicked Deeds: Murder in America” (2005).  He completed a book on his early life in Brooklyn, New York titled, “Jefferson Avenue: Stories from a Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941-1957″ (2013).  Professor O’Kane was the Research Director of Social Science Research Associates, a Madison based research consulting firm specializing in survey research and other methodologies relating to problems and issues in education, crime, and community relations. Frequently interviewed by the mass media, he has been quoted in newspapers including The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, U.S.A. Today, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, and Miami Herald. Prof. O’Kane has also been featured in an in-depth interview on the McNeil-Lehrer Newshour on the topic of homicide. He currently lives in Madison, New Jersey.