School of Public Affairs Faculty

Dana Nurge, Ph.D.

Dana Nurge
Professor of Criminal Justice
PSFA 109
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Areas of Interest

gangs, youth violence, and juvenile prevention and intervention programming


Dana Nurge is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Public Affairs at San Diego State University. Dr. Nurge’s research focuses on gangs, youth violence, and juvenile prevention and intervention programming. She is currently serving as a Technical Advisor to the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention, and continues to conduct research on gangs. Prior to coming to San Diego, she taught at Northeastern University College of Criminal Justice in Boston, where she completed a five year qualitative study of girls’ involvement in gangs and cliques. Her book on this subject, “Nobody’s Punk: Respect, Survival and Sisterhood Among Gang/Clique Girls” is currently under contract for publication. Dr. Nurge teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses including: juvenile justice, research methods, and youth gangs.


School of Public Affairs
San Diego State University
PSFA 100
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4505
Phone: (619) 594-6224
Fax: (619) 594-1165