Matthew Valasik, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University. His primary research interests are the socio-spatial dynamics of gang behavior and problem-oriented policing strategies (e.g., gang units, civil gang injunctions) used by law enforcement. His work has appeared in Journal of Criminal Justice, Social Science Research, Homicide Studies, Theoretical Criminology, Journal of Youth Studies, Deviant Behavior, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Crime Science, Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, Statistics and Public Policy, Oxford Bibliographies Online: Criminology, and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology. In addition to scholarly publications, my research has received coverage in mainstream media outlets such as The Monkey Cage by The Washington Post and The Crime Report.
Shannon Reid, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at UNC Charlotte.