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Edward Shihadeh, PhD
LSU Sociology Department and co-coordinator of the LSU Crime and Policy Evaluation Research Group

Dr. Shihadeh is an Associate Professor of Sociology at LSU and co-coordinator of the LSU Crime and Policy Evaluation Research Group. Dr. Shihadeh joined the Sociology Department at LSU in 1992, after receiving hisy PhD from Pennsylvania State University. His primary research interests lie in the structural predictors of crime. In particular, his research examines how urban rates of crime are related to segregation and the concentration of poverty in Black and Latino communities. Dr. Shihadeh is also examining how individuals' network structure influences their fear of crime.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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