Chris Smith is a sixth year graduate student in residence. Her research interests include crime and inequality, feminist criminology, historical narrative, organized crime, social network analysis, and social policy. Chris is a graduate research consultant for UMass’ Institute of Social Science Research. Chris is a member of the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology. She received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. Chris lived in Horodok, Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2004-2006.
2002 B.A. Sociology University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
- Dissertation Prospectus defended August 2012, “Women and Organized Crime in Early 1900s Chicago.”
- Comprehensive Exam defended March 2011, “The Influence of Gentrification on Gang Homicides in Chicago, 1994 to 2005.”
- Research Assistant and Project Manager for Dr. Papachristos on organized crime in Chicago, summer 2008-present
- Papachristos, Andrew V. and Chris M. Smith. Forthcoming. “The Small World of Al Capone: The Embedded and Multiplex Nature of Organized Crime." Edited by C. Morselli.
- Smith, Chris M. Forthcoming. “The Influence of Gentrification on Gang Homicides in Chicago, 1994 to 2005.” Crime & Delinquency.
- 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.
Sociology 344 – Gender and Crime, spring 2012
Sociology 107 – Contemporary American Society, fall 2007
Sociology 103 – Social Problems, spring 2008
Sociology 222 – Sociology of the Family, fall 2008 & fall 2010
Sociology 213 – Data Collection and Analysis, fall 2009
Sociology 401 – Foundations of Sociological Theory, spring 2011