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  • Lauren Krivo
  • Professor of Sociology
  • Areas of Specialization: Inequality in Racial & Ethnic Groups, Neighborhood Crime in Urban, Settings, Segregation, Space, and Safety
  • Office: Davison Hall, Room 101B
  • Campus: Douglass Campus
  • Phone: 848-932-7618
  • Email: lkrivo@sociology.rutgers.edu
  • Education: Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin (Sociology)


Dr. Lauren Krivo is an Affiliated Professor in the Program in Criminal Justice, as well as a Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1984. Her research seeks to understand the interconnections among societal racialized structures and inequality in social outcomes across racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Her book with Ruth D. Peterson Divergent Social Worlds: Neighborhood Crime and Racial-Spatial Divide (Russell Sage, 2010) shows that inequalities in crime across neighborhoods of distinct colors are rooted in the extraordinary differentials in community conditions that are core components of the segregated structure of U.S. urban areas. She has published widely on the role of segregation in city and neighborhood crime, as well as contributing to broader academic dialogue on race, ethnicity, crime, and justice through her co-edited volumes The Many Colors of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America with Ruth D. Peterson and John Hagan (NYU Press, 2006), and “Race, Crime, and Justice: Contexts and Complexities” in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science with Ruth D. Peterson (May 2009).

In her current research, she continues to examine the macro-structural underpinnings of neighborhood crime including analyses of the role of labor market conditions and local spatial inequality. She is also studying race-ethnic and economic differentials in travel patterns and the use of urban space. This work seeks to understand how differences in the neighborhoods where people go, which may be highly constrained for some groups but not others, reproduce racial and economic inequality in people’s exposure to risk and safety.

Krivo is the co-organizer of the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network (RDCJN) with Ruth D. Peterson. The RDCJN (http://cjrc.osu.edu/rdcj-n/) is a national network of scholars that seeks to broaden scholarship at the intersection of race, crime, and justice, and to promote the success of junior scholars of color through its Summer Research Institute.


  • Media:

    National Neighborhood and Crime Study (2000)

    “The purpose of the RDCJN is to collectively undertake research and related initiatives geared to exploring the implications of crime and justice processing for democratic participation. [Its] specific objectives are twofold: (1) advancing research on issues of citizenship and democratic participation at the intersection of race, crime, and justice; and (2) promoting racial/ethnic democratization of academe by supporting junior scholars of color (racial/ethnic minorities) in advancing their academic careers.”