Brotherton grew up in the East End of London, England where he worked in various blue-collar jobs while organizing labor and youth. He came to the United States in the early 1980's on an exchange fellowship with the University of California and later worked toward his Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara while teaching public high school in the Mission district of San Francisco. Dr. Brotherton gained his doctorate in Sociology in 1992 and began work on street gang subcultures for his post-doctoral fellowship at U.C. Berkeley in the same year. In 1994, Dr. Brotherton came to John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, where he continued his research on youth resistance and marginalization, co-founding the Street Organization Project with Luis Barrios in 1997. He has received numerous grants from both private and public agencies and has published widely in journals, books, newspapers and magazines. In 1998 and 2001, he co-organized the first academic/practitioner/community conferences on street youth to be held in New York since the 1960’s and is actively preparing for a third conference on Globalization and Street Youth to be held in Brazil. During 2002-3, Dr. Brotherton was a Visiting Professor of Law and Sociology at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and co-organized the first Caribbean conference on deportees from the United States in 2003 with a follow-up conference at John Jay College in 2004 (“Criminal Justice and Deportation: The Invisible Crisis”). Currently Dr. Brotherton is conducting field research on the social processes of deportation from the United States to be contained in a new book entitled: “Back to the Homeland: Expulsion, Stigma and Resistance Among Dominican Deportees.”
Globalizing the Streets: Youth Marginalization and Resistance co-edited with Michael Flynn: New York: Columbia University Press (forthcoming)
The Encyclopedia of Gangs co-edited with Louis Kontos: Greenwich, Conn.: Greenwood Press (forthcoming)
D. Brotherton (editor and contributor) and P. Kratsemenas, 2008. “Keeping Out the Other: Critical Analysis of Immigration Control Today,” New York: Columbia University Press.
The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation: Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang co-authored with Luis Barrios, New York: Columbia University Press (2004)
Gangs and Society: Alternative Perspectives co-edited with Louis Kontos and Luis Barrios 2003, New York: Columbia University Press (2003)