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Nicolo P. Pinchak

Centre for Social Investigation
Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Credit: Tom Weller Photography

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, working with David Kirk and colleagues on the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN+). In addition to my work at Nuffield, I work with colleagues on the Adolescent Health and Development in Context (AHDC) study, which is a longitudinal study combining GPS data, surveys administered in the moment, and self-reported experiences at routine activity locations provided by 1,400 adolescents and their caregivers in Columbus, OH. 

My research examines how features of communities shape individual- and community-level well-being, such as how school resources shape adolescent and neighborhood crime rates, and how everyday mobility patterns shape individuals' risk of experiencing discrimination. I am particularly interested in understanding why more resourced communities—such as low-poverty and more cohesive neighborhoods and schools— do not always yield their anticipated benefits for community members.

My published work has investigated how routine monitoring among neighborhood residents can deter crime (in Social Forces); racial inequalities in activity space (e.g., exposure to violence, collective efficacy, and segregation; in Demography and American Journal of Sociology); measurement of residents' neighborhoods, activity spaces, and residential segregation (in Urban Studies); how neighborhood and school socioeconomic resources interact to shape adolescent violence (in Journal of Youth and Adolescence); the contribution of geographic mobility patterns to crime (in Annual Review of Criminology); and the protective health effects of HBCU attendance among Black college-goers (in American Journal of Epidemiology). My dissertation examined how the social organization of youths' schools shapes delinquency and violence perpetration during adolescence and early adulthood, and was supported by a NSF-funded dissertation grant from the American Educational Research Association.

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