IAI Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020-2022
Chris completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of California - Berkeley in 2020. Chris's research focuses on homelessness, housing, welfare, and criminal justice in US cities. His work has been published in American Sociological Review, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Social Problems, City and Community, City, and numerous edited volumes. Chris’s forthcoming book, Cruel Streets, explains how San Francisco, a city at the vanguard of progressive urban politics, intensified punishment towards the unhoused amidst initiatives of criminal justice reform and shelter expansion. He is also working on a study with Professor Sandra Susan Smith on the impacts of Fair Chance policies like Ban the Box on the perceptions and experiences of the formerly incarcerated. Chris works regularly with civil rights lawyers, policymakers, and community organizers addressing the criminalization of homelessness across the country. Most recently he has collaborated with the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, community partners, city supervisors, police commissioners, and the city’s Department of Emergency Management on a plan for a Compassionate Alternative Response Team, as an alternative to policing homelessness in San Francisco.