James Gilligan

James Gilligan

James Gilligan, M.D., is a psychiatrist, formerly on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Medical Director of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, Director of mental health services for the Massachusetts prison system, and head of the Institute for Law and Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is author of Violence: Reflections on Our National Epidemic (Vintage, 1997), Preventing Violence (Thames and Hudson, 2001), and most recently, Why Some Politicians are More Dangerous than Others (Polity, 2011). He has consulted widely on the causes and prevention of violence. He is currently a Clinical Professor at New York University Medical School, a Collegiate Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law.