Welcome to Adam Boessen's Research Page. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. I received my Ph.D in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine in 2014.

My research focuses on neighborhoods and crime, and largely centers on why some areas of cities have more crime than others. Specifically, I am interested in spatial and temporal patterns of residents and neighborhoods, how these patterns change over time, and the consequences of this change for neighborhood crime. I examine these interests by investigating the spatial aspects of neighborhoods, including the land uses within and around neighborhoods. My work also focuses on social networks, their spatial distribution, and how these networks play a role in neighborhood processes. My approach is theoretically driven and interdisciplinary, drawing from criminology, sociology, and geography, and uses a variety of quantitative and GIS techniques.