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News & Updates
— from news@Northeastern | September 30, 2016
New professor has made crime prevention his life’s work
Anthony Braga, newly appointed Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, has been working in conjunction with the Boston Police Department for more than 20 years, analyzing policies and developing programs aimed at reducing the city’s violent crime rate. » Read full article
Braga Named Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ)
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony A. Braga as Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) effective July 1, 2016. Braga brings to this position an outstanding record as researcher, educator and advisor on questions of policing and violence prevention. Currently, Braga is the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology at Rutgers University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University. Braga is well positioned to lead the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and to work with colleagues in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and across the university to build research, education, and engagement programs on important issues such as crime and justice, security and resilience, and governance and civic sustainability.
Braga’s record combines deep engagement in Boston and an international reputation as a leading researcher on crime prevention. He collaborates with criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to produce high impact scholarship, randomized field experiments, and policy advice on the prevention of crime at problem places, the control of gang violence, and reductions in access to firearms by criminals. Braga has published more than 80 scholarly journal articles, 50 book chapters, and many commentaries, editorials, and monographs. His peer-reviewed work has appeared in top criminology and criminal justice journals such as Criminology and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology; top medical and public health journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Public Health; and top sociology and economics journals such as American Sociological Review and the Economic Journal. Braga has authored three books and edited seven volumes with top scholarly presses such as Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.
Braga has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects totaling more than $10 million dollars in external funding from a variety of federal, state, and private grant-making institutions including the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. He is currently serving as a committee member for the National Research Council Committee on Proactive Policing – Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties and the Science Advisory Board to the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Braga is an elected Fellow and Past President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC).
The practical value of his work in violence reduction in disadvantaged neighborhoods has been recognized by a numerous awards, including the Civic Leadership Award (2004) presented by The Boston Foundation, the United States Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety (2009), and the U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods Research Partner of the Year Award (2010). Between 2007 and 2013, Braga served as Chief Policy Advisor to former Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis and worked with his command staff and line-level officers on award-winning community policing and crime prevention initiatives. Braga holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank James Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy, for his service as Interim Director of the School for the past academic year. Under Fox’s leadership, the School completed its response to the 2015 external review, continued to rethink its curricular offerings and engaged its alumni. Fox will continue to serve the School and the College in many roles, including as a CSSH representative on the Faculty Senate next year.
With best wishes,
Uta G. Poiger
Dean, College of Social Sciences and HumanitiesCLOSE
James Alan Fox