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Sara Bastomski

Sara Bastomski

Research Associate I


Sara Bastomski is a research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. Her current projects focus on criminal justice responses to violence victimization and program evaluation for the juvenile justice system.

Before joining Urban, Bastomski was a doctoral student in the Yale University Department of Sociology, where she received graduate fellowships funded by the Kent T. Healy Foundation and the Burnand-Partridge Foundation, as well as research grants from the Center for Research on Inequality and the Life Course and the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

Bastomski’s doctoral research centered on urban violence, with attention to how disparities are produced and maintained across neighborhoods, social networks, and by gender. She has employed various methods and datasets, including spatial data analysis, geographic information systems, social network analysis, statistical modeling, and administrative and survey data sources. Additionally, Bastomski has experience conducting qualitative research in the Los Angeles juvenile justice system, as well as policy research for the RAND Corporation and community-based organizations. Her recent work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Social Networks and Sex Roles.

In spring 2018, Bastomski will teach a graduate seminar on gender and crime as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the George Washington University.


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Justice Policy Center


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