Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Assistant Professor Sociology
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga , ON
L5L 1C6

Chris M. Smith, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015), is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She researches crime and inequality, criminal relationships, and criminal organizations to identify how relationships and interactions unequally embed individuals in criminal markets, criminal opportunities, and violence. Her areas of specialization include crime and inequality, feminist criminology, historical research methods, organized crime, police violence, social network analysis, sociology of gender, and urban sociology. Chris’s book Syndicate Women: Gender and Networks in Chicago Organized Crime (University of California Press 2019) is a historical social network analysis of gender, criminal markets, and organized crime from Chicago’s Prohibition era. She has also published research on gentrification and crime, social network multiplexity, and criminal networks in American Sociological ReviewCity & CommunityCrime & Delinquency, and several edited volumes. Her newest projects leverage administrative data to examine race and gender inequality in violent policing encounters. 

Chris’s research has received funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. National Institute of Justice. Chris has received multiple teaching awards and fellowships. She has appeared on California’s Capital Public Radio and contributes to the London School of Economics’ US Public Policy Blog.


Smith, Chris M. 2020. "Exogenous Shocks, the Criminal Elite, and Increasing Gender Inequality in Chicago Organized Crime." American Sociological Review 85(5):895-923.

Smith, Chris M. 2019. Syndicate Women: Gender and Networks in Chicago Organized Crime. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Smith, Chris M. and Andrew V. Papachristos. 2016. "Trust Thy Crooked Neighbor: Multiplexity in Chicago Organized Crime Networks." American Sociological Review 81(4):644-667.

Smith, Chris M. 2014. "The Influence of Gentrification on Gang Homicides in Chicago, 1994 to 2005." Crime & Delinquency 60(4):569-591.

Papachristos, Andrew V., Chris M. Smith, Mary L. Scherer, and Melissa A. Fugiero. 2011. "More Coffee, Less Crime? The Relationship Between Gentrification and Neighborhood Crime Rates in Chicago, 1991 to 2005." City & Community 10(3):215-240.


Crime and Inequality; Feminist Criminology; Historical Research Methods; Organized Crime; Police Violence; Social Network Analysis; Sociology of Gender; Urban Sociology
Current Courses: 
SOC219H5, SOC333H5, SOC363H5
Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst)
B.A. (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)