Urban Crime & Policing

Brown University, Urban Studies Program
Spring 2013
Urban Crime & Policing Syllabus

Course Description:
Crime has declined in the United States since the 1990s. However, cities have not experienced the crime decline equally, and crime concentrates in particular neighborhoods within cities. Drawing from sociology, criminology, and history, this course engages theories of crime and policing across and within urban centers; examines the consequences of fear of crime in U.S. cities; and considers the lived experiences of youth, families, community members, and police navigating crime in urban centers. In-depth topics include: perceptions of crime, disorder, underground economies, neighborhood organization, gangs, violence, organized crime, interactions with police, and incarceration and parole. Throughout the semester we will concurrently use the city of Providence as a case to gather and analyze data in order to test and generate crime and policing theories.

What Brown students said about the course:
“This course helped me develop my interview skills, analysis, and how to interpret raw data. I believe that throughout the course, I grew as a class participant.”
“Chris was one of my favorite professors in my four years at Brown. We had a relatively large class and she managed to engage everyone in discussion. She was incredibly supportive and responsive to our ideas and concerns. I couldn’t have asked for a better note on which to end my undergraduate experience.”
“Also, Chris reminds me of a younger Rachel Maddow, which is one of the highest compliments I can pay.”
“She is intelligent, approachable, and effective. I want to be her when I grow up.”