Core Department Faculty

Carr, Patrick


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. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his research focuses on young people and policing, youth violence and social control, 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 SociologyCriminology, Sociological Forum, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Race and Justice, 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 a book that examines the experiences of a group of working, middle class and elite young adults in the aftermath of the Great Recession. This project profiles the experiences of the young people as they adjust to adulthood in a world that has been reshaped by the 2008 economic crisis.  

Carr’s current research centers on the role of witnesses in the criminal justice system, and combines observation of preliminary hearings in homicide cases with in-depth interviews with witnesses and various criminal justice professionals. 

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.