Dr. Brenden Beck
Ph.D. (2018) Sociology, City University of New York – Graduate Center
Thursdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Areas of Specialization
Brenden Beck is a sociologist studying policing, city budgets, housing, and suburbs. A current research project of his investigates how municipal governments shift funding from social services to policing during recessions and how those shifts influence long-term crime rates. His previous research examined how cities’ reliance on fine-and-fee revenue affects their frequency of police killings, how police budget size shapes police practices, and how gentrification and suburbanization affect misdemeanor arrest rates. Brenden has published in the Annual Review of Sociology, Social Forces, Police Quarterly, the British Journal of Criminology, and elsewhere. He teaches courses on research methods and policing. His general-interest writing has appeared in Slate, the New York Daily News, and the Appeal, among other places. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2023, Brenden was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and at the University of Florida.
Beck, Brenden, Eaven Holder*, Abigail Novak, and Jacob Kaplan. 2023. “The Material of Policing: Budgets, Personnel, and the United States’ Misdemeanor Arrest Decline.” The British Journal of Criminology 63(2): 330-347.