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Criminology Forum 11/21 “Connected Communities and Neighborhood Crime: Structural Isolation, Homophily in Inter-neighborhood Commuting Ties, and Network Spillover Effects"

Please join us for the upcoming Criminology Forum on Thursday, November 21 in 102 Burrowes Bldg from Noon - 1:00 PM. Corina Graif, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University, University Park will be presenting her research.

This study highlights the need to assess the external dimension of neighborhood isolation, the disconnectedness from other neighborhoods in the city. The study further extends the literature by integrating standard criminological methods with machine learning and computational statistics approaches to investigate the extent to which neighborhood crime depends on the disadvantage of areas connected to it through commuting. The findings suggest that connected communities can influence each other from a distance and that connectivity to less disadvantaged work hubs may decrease local crime−with implications for advancing knowledge on the relational ecology of crime, structural and social isolation, and ecological networks.