Dr Anthony Braga

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SCCJ is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Anthony Braga as Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Braga is currently the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology at Rutgers University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University. He brings with him an in-depth knowledge of policing and violence prevention. Dr. Braga will begin his tenure as director July 1, 2016.

From the Office of the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities:

Dr 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. Dr Braga has published more than 80 scholarly journal articles, 50 book chapters, and many commentaries, editorials, and monographs.  His peer-reviewed work has appeared in top criminology and criminal justice journals such as Criminology and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology; top medical and public health journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Public Health; and top sociology and economics journals such as American Sociological Review and the Economic Journal. Dr Braga has authored three books and edited seven volumes with top scholarly presses such as Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.

Dr Braga has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on projects totaling more than $10 million dollars in external funding from a variety of federal, state, and private grant-making institutions including the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. He is currently serving as a committee member for the National Research Council Committee on Proactive Policing – Effects on Crime, Communities, and Civil Liberties and the Science Advisory Board to the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Dr Braga is an elected Fellow and Past President of the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC).

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 a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an M.P.A. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.

Published On: April 13, 2016