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Lesley Reid

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., Tulane University, 2000
Urban Sociology and Criminology
1065 General Classroom Building
(404) 413-6521

Research and Teaching Interests

Dr. Reid’s research integrates three primary areas of sociology: Criminology, Urban Sociology, and Social Stratification.  Across these areas, she uses the macro-level lens of global economic restructuring to understand micro-level behaviors such as criminal offending and drug using behaviors.  Her current research projects include (1) a prospective, longitudinal analysis of how the elimination of project-based public housing in Atlanta shapes aggregate patterns of crime and individual-level experiences of victimization and fear with Deirdre Oakley (GSU) and Erin Ruel (GSU); (2) a four-decade study of the influence of immigration on rates of criminal offending across U.S. metropolitan areas, with Charles Jaret (GSU), Robert Adelman (SUNY-Buffalo), and Harald Weiss (Mississippi State); and (3) an investigation of the use of recently popularized drugs, such as methamphetamine, in urban neighborhoods, with Kirk Elifson (GSU) and Claire Sterk (Emory).  Her research has been published in a number of journals including City and Community, Social Science Research, and Violence and Victims; her current research on crime and public housing is funded by the National Science Foundation.  Dr. Reid regularly teaches undergraduate sections of Social Research Methods; Social Statistics; and Wealth, Power, and Inequality.  At the graduate level, Dr. Reid most often teaches Advanced Research Methods (PhD-level) and Social Inequality.

Lesley Reid
Lesley Reid