Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

Dr. Anthony A. Braga

Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology


Ph.D. (1997) Rutgers University


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 University. 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 M.P.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. 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. 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 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 United States 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).

Dr. Braga has published numerous scholarly papers and his work has been published in top criminology and criminal justice journals such asCriminologyJournal 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 MedicineJournal of the American Medical Association, and theAmerican 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).

Areas of Specialization
Police & Crime Control
Firearms & Violence
Program Evaluation

Key Publications
Saunders, Jessica, Russell Lundberg, Anthony A. Braga, Greg Ridgeway, and Jeremy Miles. 2014. “A Synthetic Control Approach to Evaluating Place-Based Crime Interventions.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology, available online doi: 10.1007/s10940-014-9226-5.

Pierce, Glenn L., Anthony A. Braga, and Garen J. Wintemute. 2014. “The Impact of California Firearms Sales Laws and Dealer Regulations on the Illegal Diversion of Guns.” Injury Prevention, available online 10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041413.

Braga, Anthony A., David M. Hureau, and Leigh Grossman. 2014. Managing the Group Violence Intervention: Using Shooting Scorecards to Track Group Violence. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Welsh, Brandon C., Anthony A. Braga, and Gerben J. N. Bruinsma (Eds.). 2013. Experimental Criminology: Prospects for Improving Science and Public Policy. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Lipton, Robert, Xiaowen Yang, Anthony A. Braga, Jason Goldstick, Manya Newton, and Melissa Rura. 2013. “The Geography of Violence, Alcohol Outlets, and Drug Arrests in Boston.” American Journal of Public Health, 103 (4): 657 – 664.

Braga, Anthony A., Garen J. Wintemute, Glenn L. Pierce, Philip J. Cook, and Greg Ridgeway. 2012. “Interpreting the Empirical Evidence on Illegal Gun Market Dynamics.” Journal of Urban Health, 89 (5): 779 – 793.

Braga, Anthony A. and David L. Weisburd. 2012. “The Effects of Focused Deterrence Strategies on Crime: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Evidence.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 49 (3): 323 – 358.

Braga, Anthony A., David M. Hureau, and Andrew V. Papachristos. 2011. “An Ex-Post-Facto Evaluation Framework for Place-Based Police Interventions.” Evaluation Review, 35 (6): 592 – 626.

Braga, Anthony A., David M. Hureau, and Andrew V. Papachristos. 2011. “The Relevance of Micro Places to Citywide Robbery Trends: A Longitudinal Analysis of Robbery Incidents at Street Corners and Block Faces in Boston.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 48 (1): 7 – 32.

Braga, Anthony A., Andrew V. Papachristos, and David M. Hureau. 2010. “The Concentration and Stability of Gun Violence at Micro Places in Boston, 1980 – 2008.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 26 (1): 33 – 53.

Braga, Anthony A. and David L. Weisburd. 2010. Policing Problem Places: Crime Hot Spots and Effective Prevention. New York: Oxford University Press.


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