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Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Assistant Professor

2245 SS&H

Office Hours for Spring 2017 :

  • Spring 2017: Thursdays 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM


  1. Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst


Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Crime and inequality, feminist criminology, historical research methods, organized crime, police violence, social network analysis, sociology of gender, urban sociology

Current Research:

Broadly, I study inequality in crime, criminal relationships, and criminal organizations. Specifically, this includes a study of women in Prohibition era organized crime networks and increasing gender inequality in structural positions over time. I research multiplexity in organized crime networks using bivariate exponential random graph models. I recently started a project on racial bias in fatal and nonfatal police shootings from 2015. I have two studies on neighborhood inequality and the relationship between gentrification and crime outcomes over time.

Selected Publications:

Smith, Chris M. and Andrew V. Papachristos. 2016. "Trust Thy Crooked Neighbor: Multiplexity in Chicago Organized Crime Networks." American Sociological Review 81(4):644-67.

Papachristos, Andrew V. and Chris M. Smith. 2014. "The Embedded and Multiplex Nature of Al Capone." Pp. 97-115 in Crime and Networks, edited by C. Morselli. New York: Routledge.

Smith, Chris M. 2014. "The Influence of Gentrification on Gang Homicides in Chicago, 1994 to 2005." Crime & Delinquency 60(4):569-91.

Papachristos, Andrew V., Chris M. Smith, Mary L. Scherer, and Melissa A. Fugiero. 2011. "More Coffee, Less Crime? The Relationship between Gentrification and Neighborhood Crime Rates in Chicago, 1991 to 2005." City & Community 10(3):215-40.

Research Clusters:

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