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.
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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...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Community Arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for the local communities.
- Casey joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more. ..
- Northeastern has provided Sunita with interdisciplinary opportunities to utilize her education in the Greater Boston community, on co-op, and abroad.
- Sunita spent Summer 2019 on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Jordan and Egypt. It helped her realize her interest in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Her favorite class, Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- Her first co-op was at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Her second co-op at Enel X provided insight into battery storage, solar and wind farms, demand response, and the economic incentives that drive the energy market.
- In spring 2019, Sunita joined the Student Alliance for Prison Reform as well as Partakers, a partner of the club, where she mentored a prisoner at MCI Concord.
- Sunita is a member of the International Relations Council and has traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...