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John McLaughlin J.D.
Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice (Faculty)
Phone: 617-928-4055; Ricker 30
Primary Department: Criminal Justice
Boston College, B.A.,
Harvard University, M.A., M.P.A.,
Suffolk University School of Law, J.D.,
At the age of nineteen (19), he was appointed to the 61’st academy class of the Massachusetts State Police. At that time, he was the youngest person ever appointed to the Massachusetts State Police Academy. Since then, he has been working within the criminal justice system and has dedicated most of his career to law enforcement.
Professor McLaughlin also served as Deputy Director of the State Bureau of Special Investigations. Prior to that appointment, he served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Deputy Inspector General in charge of the criminal division. He served for 5 years in the Inspector General’s Office fighting fraud, waste and abuse in state government. He was responsible for investigating some of the most important public corruption cases in Massachusetts. He also served the community for 5 years as Chief Investigator within the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. He championed women’s rights by establishing and implementing a program apprehending fathers who failed to make court-ordered child support payments. The innovative program served to protect women and lower the welfare burden for the taxpayer.
Professor McLaughlin has hosted vibrant political talk radio programs since 1989 both nationally and in the highly competitive Boston market. He hosted the nationally acclaimed radio program, “The John McLaughlin Show”. Professor McLaughlin hosted his national talk show for 7 years which was broadcast live to 100 affiliates throughout the United States. He has worked at a number of Boston radio stations including hosting programs at WMBR, WRCA and WMEX. From 2001-2004, he worked as a guest talk show host for WRKO radio in Boston.
For the past 9 years he has taught speech communications and criminal law at three local colleges. In 2004, he accepted the position of Chief of Police for a college in Boston. In 2006, he was appointed Chief of Investigative Services for the Massachusetts Department of Correction. In that law enforcement position, he oversaw the Internal Affairs Unit, the Central Intelligence Unit, the Special Investigations Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Unit. As a sworn Massachusetts Special State Police Officer he was responsible for conducting any/all investigations for an agency of 5,500 employees. Professor McLaughlin was a member of two FBI Task Forces in Boston. The Bulger Task Force and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Professor McLaughlin held National Security Clearances from the FBI.
Professor John McLaughlin served Harvard University for the past 4 years as President & Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association, Inc. a non-profit corporation. Professor McLaughlin also served on the Board of Director’s for the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Alumni Association.
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