Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Riley Tucker is a doctoral candidate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Temple University. His research uses big data and computational and spatial methods to probe questions related to place and crime, predominantly drawing from social disorganization and routine activities theories. His dissertation uses a collection of geotagged “tweets” to measure how the demographic characteristics of those occupying urban places changes across spaces and times, considering the potential criminogenic nature of such changes. During his studies he has worked with the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) to conduct academic studies and generate publicly available datasets that facilitate research about Boston communities, such as the “COVID in Boston Database”. Additionally, he is currently in his third year serving as BARI’s data consultant, a role in which he focuses on giving trainings to non-profits, industry groups, and the public about the values of civic data and how to conduct urban research. He has taught Criminology and is excited to teach Bostonography, a course that focuses on conducting humanities and social science research about Boston using computational methods.
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- O’Brien, D. T., Ciomek, A., & Tucker, R. (2021). How and Why is Crime More Concentrated in Some Neighborhoods than Others?: A New Dimension to Community Crime. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 1-27.
- Who ‘Tweets’ Where and When, and How Does it Help Understand Crime Rates at Places? Measuring the Presence of Tourists and Commuters in Ambient Populations. 2021. Riley Tucker, Daniel T. O’Brien, Alexandra Ciomek, Edgar Castro, Qi Wang & Nolan Edward Phillips. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
- Michael Gearhart and Riley Tucker. 2020. Criminogenic Risk, Criminogenic Need, Collective Efficacy and Juvenile Delinquency. Criminal Justice and Behavior.
- Gregory M. Zimmerman, Riley Tucker, and Jacob I Stowell. 2019. Neighborhood Through a Familial Lens: Examining the Intergenerational Transmission of Collective Efficacy. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. 5(4): 498-516.
- Riley Tucker, Gregory M. Zimmerman. Jacob I Stowell, and David Squier Jones. 2019. Examining the (Dis)Agreement Between Etiology and Consequences of Adults’ and Youths’ Perceptions of Collective Efficacy in Boston. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 56(6): 888-936.
- Braga, Anthony A., and Riley B. Tucker. 2018. “Problem Analysis to Support Decision Making in Evidence Based Policing.” Evidence-Based Policing: An Introduction. Policy Press, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
- Qiliang Chen, Riley Tucker, and Daniel T. O’Brien. 2020. “Yelp Reviews in Boston, MA”
- Mehrnaz Amiri, Riley Tucker and Daniel T. O’Brien. 2020. “Airbnb in Greater Boston, MA”
- Edgar Castro, Mehrnaz Amiri, Riley Tucker and Daniel T. O’Brien. 2020. “Craigslist Postings in Massachusetts” https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/52WSPT
- Daniel T. O’Brien, Nolan Edward Phillips, Saina Sheini, Justin de Benedictis-Kessner, Alina Ristea, and Riley Tucker. 2019. “Geographical Infrastructure for the City of Boston v. 2019”
- Daniel T. O’Brien, Alexandra Ciomek, and Riley Tucker. 2019. “Massachusetts Census Indicators” https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/XZXAUP
- Riley Tucker, Dan O’Brien, Alexandra Ciomek, and Nolan Edward Phillips. 2019. Who Tweets Where and When? How Does it Help us Understand Crime Rates at Places? American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- McDevitt, Jack and Riley Tucker. 2018. Measurement of Crimes Against Vulnerable Victims. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
- Tucker, Riley. 2018. Assessing the Relationship Between Collective Efficacy, Neighborhood Activism, and Organizational Participation in Chicago Neighborhoods. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
- Tucker, Riley. 2017. The Impact of Collective Efficacy and Satisfaction with Police on Willingness to Report & Crime. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting,
- Tucker, Riley. 2016. Policing and Collective Efficacy: Baltimore, Maryland, 1986. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
More Student Paths
- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...