About James

James Buccellato, PhD, researches and writes about the politics of crime. He is a faculty member in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He also taught in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University.  His work appears in peer-reviewed journals, crime anthologies and national news websites.

His book, Early Organized Crime in Detroit: Vice, Corruption and the Rise of the Mafia explores Detroit’s struggle with gang violence, public corruption and the politics of vice during the tumultuous first half of the 20th century and includes rarely published images from the era.

James is a certified gang specialist with the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, IL.

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  1. My grandma was Buccelato from castellammare del golfo, I think the Buccelato from your book was her brother, I’m not sure, well I wonder if we are related. My son is into researching the family and came upon you book and toward it to me. So I’m looking forward to read it


  2. Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella was born in Palermo on 23 July 1941 into a prominent Sicilian family. His father Bernardo Mattarella was an anti-fascist who, alongside Alcide De Gasperi and other prominent Catholic politicians, founded Christian Democracy (DC), which dominated the Italian political scene for almost fifty years, with Bernardo serving as a minister several times.[8] His mother Maria Buccellato came from an upper middle-class family of Trapani.[9][10]


  3. I have consumed your podcast with Mr. Burnstein. Read your books. Super knowledgeable! The episode about a criminal element in the military hit home. I served in the Marine Corps from 2005-2009, knew guys who joined to escape that life. Knew some who led double lives. I’d love to talk with you two about it more, if you’re interested. I will continue to listen and learn, you’re a knowledgeable man. Thank you for all the content and hard work


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