Professor Patrick Carr served on the faculty of the Sociology Department from 2005 to 2020. His research focused on young people and policing, youth violence and social control, and the transition to adulthood. He was the author of several books, including (with Maria Kefalas) Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America (2009, Beacon Press) and Clean Streets: Controlling Crime, Maintaining Order and Building Community Activism (2005, NYU Press). His work appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, Sociological Forum, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Race and Justice, and other peer reviewed outlets. He also co-edited Coming of Age in America: the Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2011).
Professor Carr’s work was featured in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and on NPR and he published opinion editorials in The Root, The Huffington Post and The Atlantic (online). He spoke passionately about the rural brain drain and redevelopment all over the American Heartland, as well as about police-community co-production of order. Professor Carr taught courses on crime, policing and qualitative methods, and served for six years as the director of the Criminal Justice Program at Rutgers.
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