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Nicolo Pinchak

Research Fellow
Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Social Investigation

At Nuffield College, I work with David Kirk and colleagues on the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN+). In addition to my work at Nuffield, I work with colleagues on the Adolescent Health and Development in Context (AHDC) study, which is a longitudinal study combining GPS data, surveys administered in the moment, and self-reported experiences at routine activity locations provided by 1,400 adolescents and their caregivers in Columbus, OH. 

My research examines how features of communities shape individual- and community-level well-being, such as how school resources shape adolescent and neighborhood crime rates, and how everyday mobility patterns shape individuals' risk of experiencing discrimination. I am particularly interested in why more resourced communities — such as low-poverty and more cohesive neighborhoods and schools — do not always yield their anticipated benefits for community members.

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Brandon Carter, Christopher R. Browning, Bethany Boettner, Nicolo P. Pinchak, and Catherine A. Calder. Forthcoming. "Land-use Filtering For Nonstationary Spatial Prediction Of Collective Efficacy In An Urban Environment." Annals of Applied Statistics.

Pinchak, Nicolo P., Christopher R. Browning, Bethany Boettner, Catherine A. Calder, and Jake Tarrence. 2023. “Paws on the Street: Neighborhood-level Concentration of Households with Dogs and Urban Crime.” Social Forces 101(4):1888–1917.

  • Winner of the American Society of Criminology Division of Communities and Place Ruth D. Peterson and Lauren J. Krivo Graduate Student Scholar Award.

  • Winner of the American Sociological Association Animals and Society Section Jane Goodall Graduate Student Article Award.

  • Selected media coverage: USA Today, MSN, Yahoo News, The Hill, New York Post, Deseret News, Psychology Today, Upworthy, Dogster Magazine, Fox News, Toronto Sun, The Independent, Daily Mail, La Repubblica, The Korea Herald, Helsingin Sanomat, CTV News, 1010 WINS Radio NYC, Stirling Faux 980 CKNW Vancouver, 630 CHED Edmonton, 770 CHQR Calgary, 680 CJOB Winnipeg, Fox 5 News in NYC, FOX 26 Houston Morning Show.

Browning, Christopher R., Jake Tarrence, Catherine A. Calder, Nicolo P. Pinchak, and Bethany Boettner. 2022. “Geographic Isolation, Compelled Mobility, and Everyday Exposure to Neighborhood Racial Composition Among Urban Youth.” American Journal of Sociology 128:914–61.

Pinchak, Nicolo P., Christopher R. Browning, Bethany Boettner, and Catherine A. Calder. 2022. “Racial Inequalities in Exposure to Racial and Socioeconomic Segregation, Collective Efficacy, and Violence.” Demography 59(5): 1763–1789.

Kerber, Gigi and Nicolo P. Pinchak. 2022. “Consistency of Health Insurance Coverage and Women’s Reproductive Healthcare Access During Early Adulthood.” Population Research and Policy Review 41:825–42.

Pinchak, Nicolo P. and Raymond R. Swisher. 2022. “Neighborhoods, Schools, and Adolescent Violence: Ecological Relative Deprivation, Disadvantage Saturation, or Cumulative Disadvantage?” Journal of Youth and Adolescence 51(2):261–277.

Pinchak, Nicolo P., Christopher R. Browning, Catherine A. Calder, and Bethany Boettner. 2021. “Activity Locations, Residential Segregation, and the Significance of Residents’ Neighbourhood Boundary Perceptions.” Urban Studies 58:2758–81.

Colen, Cynthia G., Nicolo P. Pinchak, and Kierra Barnett. 2021. “Racial Disparities in Health among College Educated African Americans: Can HBCU Attendance Reduce the Risk of Subsequent Morbidity over the Lifecourse?” American Journal of Epidemiology 190:553-61.

  • Selected media coverage: The New York Times, The Washington Informer, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Browning, Christopher R., Nicolo P. Pinchak, and Catherine A. Calder. 2021. “Human Mobility and Crime: Theoretical Approaches and Novel Data Collection Strategies.” Annual Review of Criminology 4:99-123.

Pinchak, Nicolo P. 2018. “The Relationship Between Teacher Regard and College Attendance Expectations: Socioeconomic and Racial–Ethnic Disparities.” Social Psychology of Education 21:209-221.