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Riley Tucker

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” 
  • 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”


  • 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,
    Philadelphia, PA.
  • Tucker, Riley. 2016. Policing and Collective Efficacy: Baltimore, Maryland, 1986. American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

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