Thomas W. Ward

Expert in youth violence and gangs, globalization of gangs and gang intervention and prevention

Lecturer, Anthropology

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • street gangs
  • transnational gangs
  • the globalization of gangs
  • Central American gangs (especially in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras)
  • Latino gangs
  • youth violence
  • girls in gangs
  • gang initiation and gang tattoos
  • gangs and the media
  • gangs and prison
  • gang intervention and prevention
  • the origin and causes of gangs

Additional Information

  • Keynote speaker, National Youth Gang Center symposium, 2005
  • Consultant with Rand and the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA
  • Expert witness on street gangs for criminal and immigration courts in California


  • Spanish


  • Embedded with the MS-13

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