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Krivo, Lauren J.

krivoLauren J. Krivo
Ph.D. University of Texas, 1984

Department of Sociology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

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Lauren Krivo is Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University and a faculty affiliate of the Criminal Justice Program.  Her research seeks to understand the interconnections among societal racialized structures and inequality in social outcomes across racial and ethnic groups in the United States.  Her book with Ruth D. Peterson, Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and the Racial-Spatial Divide (Russell Sage 2010) shows that inequalities in crime across neighborhoods of distinct colors are rooted in the extraordinary differentials in community conditions that are core components of the segregated structure of U.S. urban areas.  She has published widely on the role of segregation in city and neighborhood crime as well as contributing to broader academic dialogue on race, ethnicity, crime, and justice through her co-edited volumes:  The Many Colors of Crime:  Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America (with Ruth D. Peterson and John Hagan, NYU Press 2006) and “Race, Crime, and Justice: Contexts and Complexities”  The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, May 2009 (with Ruth D. Peterson).

She is currently conducting the second wave of the National Neighborhood Crime Study (funded by the National Science Foundation) which will provide the only national panel data on crime in neighborhoods across the United States.  These data will be used to examine how the changing character of neighborhoods and cities promotes or reduces local crime in light of the dramatic economic and social changes that occurred in the United States since 2000.  Her current research also examines the macro-structural underpinnings violence as well as the sources and consequences of local spatial inequality with a particular focus on travel and mobility through residential and non-residential neighborhood spaces.  

Krivo is the co-founder of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network (RDCJN) with Ruth D. Peterson.  The RDCJN is a national network of scholars that seeks to broaden scholarship at the intersection of race, crime, and justice, and promote the success of junior scholars of color through its Summer Research Institute. The RDCJN is currently headed by Rod Brunson and Jody Miller at Rutgers University-Newark.

Krivo was the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation funded project “EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time” (SES-1520778) with co-PIs Zaire Dinzey-Flores, Janne Lindqvist, and Hana Shepherd. The software code developed in the project for an in-person tablet-based survey and an application for use on mobile devices (app) to collect GPS location data, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) surveys, and implicit association test (IAT) results is available at the following location:

NSF1520778, EAGER: Developing an Application for Assessing Respondent Experiences of Their Surroundings in Real Time


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