Chris Smith is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Her areas of specialization include crime and inequality, feminist criminology, historical research methods, social network analysis, sociology of gender, and urban sociology. Her current research project, “The Shifting Structure of Chicago’s Organized Crime Network and the Women It Left Behind,” combines social network analysis and historical research methods to show how women’s structural positions in early 1900s Chicago organized crime networks diminished over time. The empirical foundation of this research is 5,000 pages of archival documents used to create a relational database with information on more than 3,321 individuals and their 15,861 social relationships.

Chris and Andrew Papachristos (Yale University) research multiplex relationships in organized crime networks. This work has been published in American Sociological Review.

Chris’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Chris has published in City & Community, Crime & Delinquency, and two edited volumes.  Chris has received multiple teaching awards including the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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