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Elmer V.H. and Eileen M. Brooks Professor and Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director, Center on Crime and Community Resilience

Anthony A. Braga’s record combines deep engagement in Boston and an international reputation as a leading researcher on crime prevention. He collaborates with criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to produce high impact scholarship, randomized field experiments, and policy advice on the prevention of crime at problem places, the control of gang violence, and reductions in access to firearms by criminals. With colleagues, Braga has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles in top criminology and criminal justice journals such as Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Braga has authored four books and edited nine volumes with top scholarly presses such as the National Academies Press, Oxford University Press, and Cambridge University Press.

Braga has served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on projects totaling more than $20 million in external funding from a variety of federal, state, and private grant-making institutions including the U.S. National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Arnold Ventures. He has served on four National Research Council committees, mostly recently serving on the Committee on Proactive Policing – Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties. Braga is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and the 2019 recipient of its Division of Policing’s Distinguished Scholar Award. He is also a past president and fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC), and the 2014 recipient of its Joan McCord Award recognizing his commitment to randomized controlled experiments.

The practical value of his work in violence reduction in disadvantaged neighborhoods has been recognized by a numerous awards, including the Civic Leadership Award (2004) presented by The Boston Foundation, the United States Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety (2009), and the U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods Research Partner of the Year Award (2010). Between 2007 and 2013, Braga served as Chief Policy Advisor to former Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis and worked with his command staff and line-level officers on award-winning community policing and crime prevention initiatives. Braga holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Rutgers University.

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  • Distinguished Scholar Award, American Society of Criminology, Division of Policing, 2019
  • Outstanding Experimental Field Trial Award, American Society of Criminology, Division of Experimental Criminology, 2019
  • Joan McCord Award, 2014

Ciomek, Alexandra, Anthony A. Braga, and Andrew V. Papachristos. 2020. “The Influence of Firearms Trafficking on Gunshot Injuries in a High-Risk Social Network.” Social Science & Medicine, 259: 113114,

Braga, Anthony A., Lisa M. Barao, Gregory Zimmerman, Stephen Douglas, and Keller Sheppard. 2019. “Measuring the Direct and Spillover Effects of Body Worn Cameras on the Civility of Police-Citizen Encounters and Police Work Activities.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Braga, Anthony A., Rod K. Brunson, and Kevin M. Drakulich. 2019. “Race, Place, and Effective Policing.” Annual Review of Sociology, 45: 535 – 555.

Cook, Philip J., Anthony A. Braga, Brandon S. Turchan, and Lisa M. Barao. 2019. “Why Do Gun Murders Have a Higher Clearance Rate than Gunshot Assaults?” Criminology & Public Policy, 18 (3): 525 – 552.

Braga, Anthony A. and Philip J. Cook. 2018. “The Association of Firearm Caliber with Likelihood of Death from Gunshot Injury in Criminal Assaults.” Journal of the American Medical Association, Network Open, 1(3): e180833.

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