Sara Bastomski
Senior Research Associate
Justice Policy Center

Sara Bastomski left the Urban Institute in January 2021.

Sara Bastomski is a senior research associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she conducts research and evaluations in crime victimization, gender-based violence, and criminal justice reform. Her research employs qualitative and quantitative methods, including statistical modeling, social network analysis, and geographic information systems. Bastomski leads several program evaluations for New York City and Contra Costa County, California. She is also project director for a national evaluation of the implementation of the SAFE Protocol, a core team member of the Office for Victims of Crime–funded Center for Victim Research, and data manager for the Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health and Safety program.

Bastomski’s work on urban crime and gender-based violence has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Social Networks, and Sex Roles and has been presented at national and international conferences. She serves on the advisory board for the University of California, Los Angeles, Center for American Politics and Public Policy. Bastomski previously conducted research at Yale University, at the RAND Corporation, and for community-based organizations, and she was as an adjunct faculty member in criminology at the George Washington University.

She holds a PhD in sociology from Yale University.