" [T]o understand fully the nature and level of crime in a society, therefore, it is essential to consider the distinguishing features of that society, particularly its distinctive cultural imagination."
- Messner & Rosenfeld, Crime and the American Dream
I am a Graduate Student and Doctoral Candidate at Louisiana State University. I graduated with honors from the University of Montana in 2013 with a B.A. double major in Sociology-Criminology and Psychology Research. I continued my education by starting in a Masters-Doctoral program at Louisiana State University in the Autumn of 2014.
My research interests fall broadly into the areas of criminology, community, and the social structures —both formal and informal— that connect them. I particularly focus on the importance of contextual factors for various disadvantaged populations. I have published on a wide range of topics, but my core focus and research remain on communities, crime, and the criminal justice system. I am currently working on my dissertation, which explores the relationship between recidivism and social capital at three levels of analysis: the county, the neighborhood, and the individual. I have been an active mentor for incoming graduate students (and beyond!) in my graduate department, truly enjoying building connections and helping them find their place in the crazy world that is academia. I also serve as an ad hoc reviewer for City & Community, Deviant Behavior, Criminal Justice & Behavior, and Social Problems.
I was honored to be a recipient of the Roland J. Pellegrin Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2019 and will serve as an LSU Dissertation Year Fellow for 2019-2020. Work: Spring 2019: Methods of Sociological Research (SOCL 2211) at LSU. Fall 2018: Introductory Sociology (SOCL 2001) at LSU. May 2016 - May 2017: I served as a Program Evaluator focusing on the Rise and Recover Federal Parole & Re-Entry Court of Eastern Louisiana. January 2015 to August 2018: I served as a Research Assistant on a Federal Department of Justice grant in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. We developed a new Risk-Needs-Responsivity (RNR) tool for Louisiana. This tool evaluates and recommends programming and treatment for every offender in Louisiana's Department of Corrections, including all returning citizens on probation and parole. I spearheaded the formulation of the Needs assessment validated for our Louisiana population to help address Criminogenic and non-Criminogenic needs in an effort to help parolees successfully reenter their communities.
Valasik, Matthew, Elizabeth E. Brault, & Stephen Martinez. 2019. “Forecasting Homicide in the Red Stick: Risk Terrain Modeling and the Spatial Influence of Urban Blight on Lethal Violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.” Social Science Research. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.12.023.
Gibbons, Joseph, Michael Barton, & Elizabeth Brault. 2018. “Evaluating gentrification’s relation to neighborhood and city health.” PLOS ONE. 13(11):e0207432. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0207432.
Brault, Elizabeth E. & Edward S. Shihadeh. 2018. “Religious Ecology, Floaters and Crime: The Links Between Social Capital, Institutional Disengagement and Homicide.” Deviant Behavior. doi:10.1080/01639625.2018.1431180.
Brault, Elizabeth E. M. 2017. “European Population Decline and Refugee Policies: An Analysis of Resettlement by Nation.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology.16:69-84. doi:10.1163/15691497-12341421.
Barton, Michael S., Matthew Valasik., Elizabeth E. Brault, & George Tita. “’Gentefication’ in the Barrio: Examining the Relationship of Gentrification and Gang Homicide in East Lost Angeles.”
Crime & Delinquency
Gibbons, Joseph R., Tse-Chuan Yang, Elizabeth E. Brault, & Michael S. Barton. “Evaluating Residential Segregation's Effects on Neighborhood Spatial Health Inequality.”
Barton, Michael S., Matthew Valasik, and Elizabeth E. Brault. “Disorder or Disadvantage: Investigating the tension between neighborhood social structure and the physical environment on local violence."