Essays

“How long are Americans sad and angry about mass shootings? Four days.” Washington Post, 2022.

“We can’t reimagine safety without being clear-eyed about America’s gun problem.” Washington Post, 2021.

“A New Model of Public Safety” (with Elizabeth Glazer). Dissent, 2021.

“The Gaps Between White and Black America, in Charts” (with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Yaryna Serkez). New York Times, 2020.

“To Avoid Integration, Americans Built Barricades in Urban Space.” The Atlantic, 2020.

“Why Do We Need the Police?” Washington Post, 2020.

“The US has a collective action problem that’s larger than the coronavirus crisis.” Vox.com, 2020.

“Our hidden frontline workers need more support.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 2020.

“In Coronavirus, the U.S. Faces a Problem It Can’t Fix by Segregation.” CityLab, 2020.

“Two Lessons of the Urban Crime Decline.” New York Times, 2018.

“Community Investment, Not Punishment, Is Key to Reducing Violence.” Los Angeles Times, 2018.

“A Fragile Urban Consensus.” Chronicle of Higher Education, 2017.

“The Destructive Legacy of Housing Segregation.” The Atlantic, 2016.

“Making Our Assumptions About Integration Explicit.” The Dream Revisited: A Slow Debate, 2014.

“Ferguson is a story going back decades. And there is no new ending.”’ The Guardian, 2014.

“A Broader, Bolder Approach Can Alleviate Race-Based Impediments to School Success” (with Elaine Weiss). The Huffington Post, 2014.

“The Urban Fire Next Time.” The New York Times, 2013.

“The Inherited Ghetto.” The Boston Review, 2008.