Christopher J. Lyons
PhD, Sociology, University of Washington (2006)
Crime, Law, and Social Control, Race and Ethnicity, Deviance and Social ControlUrban and Community Sociology, Hate Crime
I study violence and social control as powerful determinants of inequality. Two principal goals drive much of my work: 1) to better understand how social, economic, and political dimensions of structural racism shape ethno-racial disparities in community violence, and 2) to query the explicit or subtle ways that race and ethnicity structure the mobilization of socio-legal control.
Krivo, Lauren J., María B. Vélez, Christopher J. Lyons, Jason B Phillips, and Elizabeth Sabbath*. 2018. “Race, Crime and the Changing Fortunes of Urban Neighborhoods (1993-2013),” The DuBois Review, 15(1):47-68.
María B. Vélez, Christopher J. Lyons, and Wayne Santoro. 2015. “The Political Context of the Percent of Black-Neighborhood violence link: A Multilevel Analysis,” Social Problems 62(1): 93-119.
Lyons, Christopher J., María B. Vélez, and Wayne Santoro. 2013. “Immigration, Neighborhood Violence, and City Political Opportunities.” American Sociological Review 78(4): 604-32.
María B. Vélez, Christopher J. Lyons, and Blake Boursaw. 2012. “Neighborhood Housing Investments and Violent Crime in Seattle: 1981-2007,” Criminology 50(4): 1025-56.
Lyons, Christopher J. 2007. “Community (Dis)Organization and Racially Motivated Crime,” American Journal of Sociology 113(3): 815-63.
* Denotes graduate student coauthor
Sociology of Deviance
Race, Class, and Crime
Drugs, Crime, and Social Control
Communities, Race, and Crime (graduate)
Crime, Law and Social Control (graduate)