Anthony A. Braga

Anthony A. Braga is the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a member of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. He is the immediate Past President and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He received his Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University and his Doctorate (PhD) in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.
 

Research, Projects, and Recognition

Dr. Braga’s research involves collaborating with criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to address illegal access to firearms, reduce gang and group-involved violence, and control crime hot spots. Since 1995, Braga has worked closely with criminal justice practitioners in Boston to reduce youth gun violence. He was a member of the Boston Gun Project working group that implemented the well-known  Operation Ceasefire gang violence reduction strategy that was associated with a 63% reduction in youth homicides in Boston during the mid to late 1990s. Between 2007 and 2013, Braga served as the Chief Policy Advisor to Commissioner Edward F. Davis of the Boston Police Department. In this role, Braga worked with Boston Police command staff and officers to implement the Compstat management accountability system, reinvigorate the Operation Ceasefire strategy, and develop the Safe Street Team program which uses community problem solving techniques to control violent crime hot spots. His work with the Boston Police Department on its Safe Street Teams program was recently recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with its Community Policing Award (2011) and Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award (2011).
 

Dr. Braga has served as a consultant on controlling and preventing violent crime problems to many Federal, State, and local criminal justice agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice;  U.S. Department of Justice; U.S. Department of the Treasury; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security; Massachusetts State Police; Baltimore Police Department; New York Police Department; Los Angeles Police Department; Milwaukee Police Department; Oakland Police Department; San Francisco Police Department; and many others.

Dr. Braga’s work on controlling and preventing violent crime has received numerous awards. Braga was a recipient of the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety(2009) and the  U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods' Distinguished Service by a Research Partner Award (2010).

 

Publications

Dr. Braga has published numerous scholarly papers and his work has been published in top criminology and criminal justice journals such as CriminologyJournal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Criminology & Public Policy. His work has also appeared in top medical and public health journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the American Journal of Public Health

With colleagues, he has authored and edited several books such as Policing Problem Places: Crime Hot Spots and Effective Prevention (Oxford University Press, 2010), Problem-Oriented Policing and Crime Prevention (Criminal Justice Press, 2008), Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: A Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2007), and Police Innovation: Contrasting Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Contact Information

Anthony A. Braga, Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Braga's published research includes:

  • Reducing Gun Violence in America - Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (from Gun Policy Summit)
  • Social Networks and the Risk of Gunshot Injury
  • The Effects of Hot Spots Policing on Crime: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  • Serious Youth Violence and Innovative Prevention: On the Emerging Link between Public Health and Criminology
  • Can ‘Disciplined Passion’ Overcome the Cynical View? An Empirical Inquiry of Evaluator Influence on Police Crime Prevention Program Outcomes

Speaking Engagements

Gun Policy Summit 2013:  Dr. Braga discussed the topic of Making Gun Laws Enforceable at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Summit on Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

His presentation, Enforcing federal laws against firearms traffickers: Raising operational effectiveness by lowering enforcement obstacles and corresponding paper has been published in a compliation from this event and is entitled, Reducing Gun Violence in America - Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis.

Watch the video of Dr. Braga's and other presentations from this event.