Research

Faculty Research Projects

Some of the research projects conducted by Criminal Justice @ SPIA faculty include:

AmericanViolence.org

Founded by Patrick Sharkey, AmericanViolence.org is  a public resource that will provide comprehensive, updated data on violence from as many of the largest 100 largest U.S. cities as possible. The site allows users—researchers, journalists, public officials, policy makers, and the public—to visualize and analyze trends in violence at multiple geographic levels (neighborhoods, cities, and the nation as a whole) and over different timeframes (month to month, year to year, decade to decade).

Center on Transnational Policing

Co-founded by Laurence Ralph, the Center on Transnational Policing (CTP) brings together scholars at different levels (undergraduate, graduate, and members of the professoriate) to understand policing in the U.S. and internationally. Through a complex social scientific research network, the Center’s mission is to explore policing from a transnational approach.

Research on Policing Reform and Accountability (RoPRA)

Co-founded by Jonathan Mummolo, RoPRA builds on existing collaborations between researchers from several academic institutions and disciplines united by a common interest in advancing the state of quantitative, evidence-based research on policing reform and accountability. We develop cutting-edge statistical techniques to measure racial bias in policing, evaluate policing policy reforms, and improve the performance of policing organizations.

Economics Research

Faculty member Maria Micaela Sviatschi's research interests are labor and development economics, with a focus on human capital, gender-violence and crime. Research topics include investigating the consequences of organized crime on economic development and state capacity, and norms and policing in reducing gender-based violence. Learn more about Prof. Sviatschi's research at her website.