Before coming to Northeastern, Struhl launched the Crime, Violence and Conflict division at the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, a body of work he managed for four years. Struhl also served as a non-profit manager, researcher, and policy analyst in several other positions, including working for the Mayor of Boston, the Center for American Progress and Boston Public Schools. He has an M.P.P. from Georgetown University, where he focused his studies on quantitative analysis, government and politics. He also has a B.A. from Brown University, studying writing and public policy.
Ben Struhl is the Executive Director of the Center on Crime and Community Resilience. In that role, he works with governments and non-profits around the world to promote the use of research evidence in solving health and safety challenges that are facing disadvantaged communities. Prior to his work at the center, he has had many years of experience working in domestic and international policy, with a focus on preventing crime and violence, reforming the criminal justice system, and collaborating with communities to ensure that policy is done in ways that respect and uplift constituents.