" [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 Ph.D. 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.
Master’s Degree My Master's empirical paper combined two literatures in an analysis on the county level. I incorporated religious ecology -- using religious traditions as proxies for bridging and bonding capital -- with the recently developed literature regarding institutionally disengaged youth ('floaters'). Specifically, I examined floaters' mediating and exacerbating effects on bridging and bonding capital’s impact on the homicide rate. I successfully defended my Master’s Degree in August of 2016. A portion of this paper was published at Deviant Behavior.
My comprehensive exams focused primarily on juvenile delinquency, mass incarceration, Risk-Need-Responsivity tools, and general quantitative methods. 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 and Social Problems.
I was honored to be a finalist for the Roland J. Pellegrin Outstanding Graduate Student Award in 2015, 2017, and 2018. 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.”
Criminal Justice and Behavior
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, & Elizabeth E. Brault. Disorder or Disadvantage: Investigating the tension between neighborhood social structure and the physical environment on local violence.
Brault, Elizabeth E. “Montgomery v. Louisiana: Considerations for Mid-Twentieth Century Juvenile Offenders Re-Entering in a Digital Age”
Brault, Elizabeth E., J. Carlee Purdum, & Keith B. Nordyke. “Parole Decisions and Victims’ Race: Revisiting Baldus.”
Brault, Elizabeth E. & Maretta McDonald. “United to Hate: Bridging and Bonding Capital`s Implications for Racially-Motivated Hate Crimes in America.”
Stroope, Sam, Michael S. Barton, Elizabeth E. Brault, & Rachel Bacon. “Social Structure, Culture, and Crime: The Neglected Role of Religion in Institutional Anomie Theory.”