Sara Bastomski

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Ph.D. Candidate
B.A. in Sociology, magna cum laude with Departmental Honors (UCLA, 2008);
M.A. in Sociology (Columbia University, 2011);
M.Phil. in Sociology (Yale University, 2014)
Areas of Interest: 
Crime & Deviance, Neighborhood Inequality, Gender-Based Violence

Sara Bastomski is a quantitative social scientist with research and teaching interests in crime and deviance, spatial inequality, the social determinants of health, sex and gender, research methods, and program evaluation.  

Sara’s research examines urban violence with attention to how disparities are produced and maintained across neighborhoods, social networks, and by gender. She employs a variety of quantitative methods and data sets, including spatial data analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), social network analysis (SNA), statistical modeling, and administrative and survey data sources, to address her research questions. Sara’s dissertation investigates how intimate partner violence affects women living in disadvantaged households and communities. 

Sara’s other recent work includes collaborative projects on the spatial and network diffusion of street violence, and women’s experience of incivility in public spaces. She has also conducted policy research for the RAND Corporation and community-based organizations. Sara’s graduate work has been funded in part by competitive awards from the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Burnand-Partridge Foundation.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • 2016. Sara Bastomski and Philip Smith. “Gender, Fear, and Public Places: How Negative Encounters with Strangers Harm Women.”, Sex Roles, Springer US.
Project Reports for Clients
  • 2015. Sara Bastomski and Kirsten Keller. “Evaluation Strategy for the Civil Air for Clients Patrol Cadet Encampment Program: A Report Prepared for the United States Air Force Office of Manpower and Reserve Affairs.”  RAND Corporation, Report PR-2135-AF [Proprietary Report]. 
Revise and Resubmit (Manuscripts available upon request)
  • Sara Bastomski, Noli Brazil, and Andrew Papachristos. “Neighborhood Networks, Structural Embeddedness, and Violence in Chicago.” 
  • Andrew Papachristos and Sara Bastomski. “Connected in Crime: The Enduring Effect of Neighborhood Networks on the Spatial Patterning of Crime.”
Policy Writing
  • 2012. Sara Bastomski. “Violence Prevention Programs Should Target Neighborhoods, Not Just Individuals.” Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies, Lux et Data Blog
Book Chapters
  • 2012. Friesen, Barbara J., Terry L. Cross, Pauline R. Jivanjee, L. Kris Gowen, Abby Bandurraga, Sara Bastomski, Cori Matthew, and Nicole J. Maher. “More Than a Nice Thing to Do: A Practice-Based Evidence Approach to Outcome Evaluation in Native Youth and Family Programs.” Pp. 87-107 in Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health, edited by E.C. Chang and C. A. Downey. New York: Springer. 

Selected Awards

  • 2016. Yale Graduate School Conference Travel Award.
  • 2015-16. Kent T. Healy Foundation Fellowship. 
  • 2010-2015. Burnand-Partridge Foundation Grant, Santa Barbara Foundation. 
  • 2014. Marie Jahoda Summer School. University of Vienna.
  • 2012-13. Yale Institution for Social & Policy Studies Fellowship.