Chris M. Smith

Chris M. Smith

Assistant Professor

Biography

Chris M. Smith, PhD (University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015), is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She researches crime and inequality, criminal relationships, and criminal organizations to identify how relationships and interactions unequally embed individuals in criminal markets, criminal opportunities, and violence. Her areas of specialization include crime and inequality, feminist criminology, historical research methods, organized crime, police violence, social network analysis, sociology of gender, and urban sociology.

Chris’s book Syndicate Women: Gender and Networks in Chicago Organized Crime (University of California Press 2019) is a historical social network analysis of gender, criminal markets, and organized crime from Chicago’s Prohibition era. She has also published research on gentrification and crime, social network multiplexity, and criminal networks in American Sociological Review, City & Community, Crime & Delinquency, and several edited volumes. Her newest projects leverage administrative data to examine race and gender inequality in violent policing encounters.

Chris’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Justice. Chris has received multiple teaching awards and fellowships. She has appeared on California’s Capital Public Radio and contributes to the London School of Economics’ US Public Policy Blog. Previously, Chris was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis.