Michael S. Barton
My research interests are in the areas of criminology, urban sociology, and the interconnection of these areas in interdisciplinary research on neighborhood and community correlates of crime. My publication record highlights the diversity of my research interests, but the unifying theme is an interest in the context in which different social processes occur. In particular, much of my research has assessed the importance of gentrification for neighborhood level outcomes including crime and self-rated health. More recently, I have started to work on research on the importance of disaster events for crime trends. My research has appeared in Crime & Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, Law & Society Review, Urban Studies, Journal of Urban Health, Youth & Society, Journal of Criminal Justice and Child and Adolescent Social Work. My research has also been highlighted by mainstream media including The Washington Post and CityLab by The Atlantic.
I greatly enjoy working with students at the graduate and undergraduate level. At both levels, I encourage my students to develop three skills: the ability to share knowledge effectively, critical thinking skills and the importance of and self-reflection/evaluation.
Courses recently taught at LSU
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