Areas of Research/Interest: Neighborhoods and communities; stratification and mobility; urban sociology; crime and violence; social policy.
Sharkey, Patrick (in press). "Residential Mobility and the Reproduction of Unequal Neighborhoods." Cityscape.
Sharkey, Patrick, Nicole Strayer, Andrew Papachristos, and Cybele Raver (in press). "The Effect of Local
Violence on Children's Attention and Impulse Control."American Journal of Public Health.
Sharkey, Patrick. “An Alternative Approach to Addressing Selection into and out of Social Settings:
Neighborhood Change and African American Children’s Economic Outcomes.” Sociological
Methods & Research. 41: 251-293. Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick. “Temporary Integration, Resilient Inequality: Race and Neighborhood Change in the
Transition to Adulthood.” Demography 49: 889-912. Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick and Felix Elwert. 2011. “The Legacy of Disadvantage: Multigenerational Neighborhood
Effects on Cognitive Ability.” American Journal of Sociology 116: 1934-1981.
Click here to read.
Burdick-Will, Julia, Jens Ludwig, Stephen Raudenbush, Robert Sampson, Lisa Sanbonmatsu, and Patrick
Sharkey. 2011. "Converging Evidence for Neighborhood Effects on Children's Test Scores: An
Experimental, Quasi- experimental, and Observational Comparison." Pp. 225-276 in Whither
Opportunity? Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children's Life Chances, Greg Duncan and Richard
Murnane, eds. New York: Russel Sage. Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick and Robert J. Sampson. 2010. “Destination Effects: Residential Mobility and Trajectories
of Adolescent Violence in a Stratified Metropolis.” Criminology 48: 639-681. Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick. 2010. “The Acute Effect of Local Homicides on Children's Cognitive Performance.”
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107:11733-11738. Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick. 2009. “Neighborhoods and the Black-White Mobility Gap.” Washington, D.C.: The Economic
Mobility Project: An Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick. 2008. “The Intergenerational Transmission of Context.” American Journal of Sociology
113:4, 931-969. Click here to read.
Sampson, Robert J. and Patrick Sharkey. 2008. “Neighborhood Selection and the Social Reproduction of
Concentrated Racial Inequality.” Demography 45:1, 1-29. Click here to read.
Sampson, Robert J., Patrick Sharkey, and Stephen Raudenbush. 2008. “Durable Effects of Concentrated
Disadvantage on Verbal Ability among African-American Children.” Proceedings of the National Academy
of Sciences 105:845-852. Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick. 2007. “Survival and Death in New Orleans: An Empirical Look at the Human Impact of
Hurricane Katrina.” Journal of Black Studies, Special Issue on Katrina, Race, Class, and Poverty 37:
482-501.Click here to read.
Sharkey, Patrick. 2006. “Navigating Dangerous Streets: The Sources and Consequences of Street Efficacy.”
American Sociological Review 71:826-846. Click here to read.
Recent Media Coverage of Research:
On neighborhood inequality:
On the impact of local violence on cognitive test scores:
Strauss, Valerie, "The Answer Sheet" blog. The Washington Post Online. "How homicides affect test scores."
The Boston Globe, "Be Well" Section, June 21, 2010. "Violent crime affects children's test scores."
Fox, Maggie. Reuters Online. "Murder rates affect IQ test scores: study." Click here to read.
On neighborhoods and economic mobility:
National Public Radio's "Tell me more" program. Click here to listen.
The Kojo Nnamdi show. Click here to listen.
MacGillis, Alec. Washington Post, July 27, 2009. "Neighborhoods Key to Future Income, Study Finds." Click here to read.
L.A. Times editorial, August 1, 2009. "The value of the neighborhood." Click here to read.
On policy investments in neighborhoods:
Shulman, Robin. Washington Post, August 2, 2009. "Harlem Program Singled Out as Model." Click here to read.
On Sotomayor's childhood neighborhood and public housing:
Shulman, Robin. Washington Post, June 16, 2009. "Supreme Change." Click here to read.