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Anthony A. Braga is a Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is also a member of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and a Senior Fellow in the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Vice President and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He received his Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard, and his PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.
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.
Since 2007 Braga has served as the Chief Policy Advisor to Commissioner Edward F. Davis of the Boston Police Department. In this role Braga has 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.
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 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.
His work with the Boston Police Department on its Safe Street Teams program was recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police with its Community Policing Award (2011) and Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award (2011), and he was also a recipient of the U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods' Distinguished Service by a Research Partner Award (2010) and of the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety (2009). He has also received several certificates of distinction from the Derek Bok Center for Learning and Teaching for his prior classes offered at Harvard and teaches in the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executives Institute.
Dr. Braga has published numerous scholarly papers and his work has been published in top criminology and criminal justice journals such as Criminology, Journal 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).
Dr. Braga's recently published research includes:
PCJ Senior Research Fellow, Anthony A. 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 on January 14, 2013.
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.