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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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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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