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Christopher Contreras

Title: Assistant Professor

Phone: 617.287.6228


Department: Sociology

Areas of Expertise

Communities and Crime, Criminological Theory, Drug Abuse, Drug Markets, Quantitative Methods


PhD, University of California - Irvine

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

View Professor Contreras’s Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

Professor Contreras's research interests focus on the application of criminological theory to the ecological study of social problems, specifically antisocial deviant behaviors such as criminal violence, drug abuse/drug trafficking, and suicide mortality. He undertakes this research agenda using spatial techniques that model geographic patterns of crime and population health. His research has won awards from the American Society of Criminology, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Western Society of Criminology.