Building and Measuring the Social Networks of Al Capone

Chris Smith delivered this talk on May 8, 2015 at the Institute for Social Sciences conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. Smith is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and will join the sociology faculty at UC Davis in fall 2015.

Smith's dissertation, “The Shifting Structure of Chicago’s Organized Crime Network and the Women It Left Behind,” combines social network analysis and historical research methods to show how women’s structural positions in early 1900s Chicago organized crime networks diminished over time. This dissertation research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School.

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The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.

The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.