Patrick Sharkey. Violence and Urban Inequality after the Crime Decline

Blumer Room - 402 Barrows Hall

Patrick Sharkey, Monday, March 4, 2-3:30pm in 402 Barrows Hall

Violence and Urban Inequality after the Crime Decline

Over the past few decades, American cities have undergone dramatic change driven in large part by two major trends: the fall of violence, and the rise of urban inequality. Despite the attention given to each of these trends, there has been little research designed to assess how they are related to each other. In this talk I will present evidence on how the fall of violence has affected the degree and transmission of inequality, the form of inequality, and the experience of inequality.

Patrick Sharkey is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at New York University. He is Scientific Director at Crime Lab New York, and is affiliated with NYU's Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. He received his BA from Brown University and his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard.  He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia, was a WT Grant Faculty Scholar, and has been on the faculty at NYU since 2009. Professor Sharkey has written extensively about neighborhoods, crime and inequality, and urban sociology. His first book, Stuck in Place (Chicago), received the Robert Park and Otis Dudley Duncan awards from ASA, the Mirra Komarovsky Award from ESS, and the PROSE award.  His second book, Uneasy Peace (Norton) was released in 2019.  He is the author of three dozen articles that have appeared in such journals as the ASRAJS, and PNAS, as well as in Child Development, Demography, Criminology, AJPH, and JPAM. Sharkey’s work has been funded by the Gates Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.