Chris Smith, UC Davis

Chris Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and will join the sociology faculty at the University of California, Davis in fall 2015. Her areas of specialization include crime and inequality, gender and crime, historical research methods, social network analysis and urban sociology.

Smith's dissertation, “The Shifting Structure of Chicago’s Organized Crime Network and the Women It Left Behind,” combines social network analysis and historical research methods to show how women’s structural positions in early 1900s Chicago organized crime networks diminished over time. This dissertation research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.

Smith has published in City & CommunityCrime & Delinquency, and two edited volumes. She is revising a manuscript with Andrew Papachristos on the multiplexity of organized crime networks for American Sociological Review. Smith has received multiple teaching awards including the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award.

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