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CSDE Research Affiliate

Frank Edwards

Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice
Rutgers University


CSDE Research Areas:

  • Health of People and Populations
  • Wellbeing of Families and Households

    Frank Edwards is a sociologist broadly interested in social control, the welfare state, race, and applied statistics. His work explores the causes and consequences of the social distribution of state violence through two projects. The first draws attention to child protection systems as key sites of family disruption. This work shows that American child protection systems are tightly intertwined with carceral and welfare policy systems, and that race and colonization play a central role in explaining the spatial and social distribution of family separation. The second provides detailed analyses of the prevalence of police-involved killings in the US. This project uses novel data and Bayesian methods to provide estimates of mortality risk by race, sex, and place. It also evaluates how institutions and politics affect the prevalence of police violence. Edwards' research has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesAmerican Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of Public Health, and other outlets. His research has been covered in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles TimesThe PBS News Hour, and other outlets.