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Henry Brownstein

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Henry H. Brownstein conducts research as a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology at West Virginia University (WVU). His current studies, on policing and on the disruption of illicit drug supply networks, are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For almost 50 years he has been conducting mixed methods research including studies of drug users and using, drugs and society, drugs and crime and violence, and the organization and operation of illicit drug markets, mostly funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). During the early 2000s, he was Director of the Drugs and Crime Research Division at NIJ, responsible for supporting the agency’s drugs and crime research agenda and having oversight for the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program. His research and policy studies have been conducted while affiliated with various government agencies (the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, NIJ), universities (e.g., the University of Baltimore, WVU), and research institutes and organizations (e.g., NDRI, NORC at the University of Chicago). From this work he has given presentations and written books, articles, chapters, essays, and reports. He was awarded his PhD in sociology from Temple University in 1977.