Andrew Papachristos

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Professor of Sociology
Ph.D, University of Chicago, Sociology, 2007;
M.A., University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 2000;
B.S., Loyola University of Chicago, Department of Criminal Justice, 1998
Areas of Interest: 
Deviance, Crime and Law; Social Networks; Social Stratification.
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Andrew V. Papachristos is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Yale University, a faculty fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), and a faculty affiliate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University. His research focuses on social networks, neighborhoods, street gangs, and interpersonal violence. Most recently, Papachristos was awarded an NSF Early CAREER award to examine how violence spreads through high-risk social networks in four cities. He is also currently involved in the evaluation and implementation of several violence reduction strategies, most notably the Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Group Violence Reduction Strategy in Chicago. His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy, The American Journal of Sociology, City & Community, The Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Science, The American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Urban Health, Criminology & Public Policy, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and several edited volumes and other peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he is the most recent recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth Cavan “Young Scholar” award given each year to the most outstanding scholar who was granted a Ph.D. within the previous 5 years. He received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications

  • Papachristos, Andrew V., Anthony Braga, and David Hureau. (forthcoming). “Social Networks and the Risk of Gunshot Injury.” Journal of Urban Health.
  • Kirk, David S., Andrew V. Papachristos, Jeffrey Fagan, and Tom Tyler. (2012). “The Paradox of Law Enforcement in Immigrant Communities: Does Tough Immigration Enforcement Undermine Public Safety?” The Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Science, v641 n1: 79-98.
  • Papachristos, Andrew V. (2011) “Too Big to Fail: The Politics and Science of Violence Prevention.” Criminology & Public Policy, v13 n1: 1053-1061.
  • Papachristos, Andrew V., Chris Smith∗, Mary Scherer∗, and Melissa Fugerio. (2011). “More Coffee, Less Crime? The Influence of Gentrification on Neighborhood Crime Rates in Chicago, 1991 to 2005,” City & Community, v10 n3: 215-240 (lead article).
  • Kirk, David S., and Andrew V. Papachristos.(2011). “Cultural Mechanisms and the Persistence of Neighborhood Violence,” American Journal of Sociology, v166 n4: 1190-1233.
  • Papachristos, Andrew. (2009). “Murder by Structure: Dominance Relations and The Social Structure of Gang Homicide,” American Journal of Sociology, v115 n1: 74-128.

Courses and Seminars


  • SOCY 208, Guns in the United States
  • SOCY 240b, The Urban Street Gang
  • SOCY 357, Neighborhoods & Crime


  • SOCY 509, Guns in the United States
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Graduate Professional Seminar