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Brenden Beck

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Turlington 3356

Spring 2020: Tuesday 3:00-5:00 pm


I am an assistant professor of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida.  I research how criminal justice systems respond to socio-spatial and economic changes.  I am currently analyzing how low-level arrest rates change during gentrification and municipal fiscal crisis.  Another active research project describes the decline of “broken windows” policing.

I teach undergraduate courses on race & policing and urban sociology, and I teach a graduate seminar on urban sociology.  In the past I have taught introduction to sociology and the sociology of crime and punishment.

I received my PhD from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. I have been a dissertation fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, a research associate in the Criminal Justice Division of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and a graduate teaching fellow at Hunter College.


Beck, Brenden. 2017. “Broken Windows in the Cul-de-Sac: Race/Ethnicity and Quality-of-Life Policing in the Changing Suburbs.” Crime & Delinquency.

Beck, Brenden and Adam Goldstein. 2017. “Governing Through Police? Housing Market Reliance, Welfare Retrenchment, and Police Budgeting in an Era of Declining Crime.” Social Forces 96(3): 1183-1210.

Alba, Richard, Brenden Beck, and Duygu Basaran. 2017. “The American Mainstream Expands—Again.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44(1): 99-117.

Beck, Brenden, Anthony Buttaro Jr., and Mary Clare Lennon. 2016. “Home Moves and Child Well-being in the First Five Years of Life in the United States.” Journal of Longitudinal and Life Course Studies 7(3): 240-264.