pcarrPatrick Carr
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1998

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

Office: Davison Hall, 109
Office Phone: 848-932-7631
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Patrick Carr is Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, and is an Associate Member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his research interests include communities and crime, informal social control, youth violence, and the transition to adulthood. He is the co-author, along with Maria J. Kefalas of Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America (2009, Beacon Press), and author of Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order and Building Community Activism (2005, NYU Press). He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, Sociological Forum and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and other peer review outlets. He co-edited Coming of Age in America: the Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century (University of California  Press, 2011).

Currently, Carr is working on two major research projects. First, he is co-Principal Investigator of an in-depth study of young people and law enforcement in Philadelphia. The study examines youth experiences with crime, danger and law enforcement, and how law enforcement and young people understand the Stop Snitching phenomenon. The second project is an examination of the experiences of young people transitioning to adulthood during the Great Recession (http://www.generation-r.org). This project profiles the experiences of young people from lower, middle and upper class backgrounds as they adjust to adulthood in a world that has been reshaped by the 2008 economic crisis.  Carr’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and on NPR and he has published opinion editorials in The Root, The Huffington Post and The Atlantic (online). He has delivered keynote addresses on rural brain drain and redevelopment all over the American Heartland, and he is frequently asked to speak to international audiences about police-community co-production of order.