Sadaf Hashimi, Ph.D.

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Sadaf Hashimi received her Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University - Newark, New Jersey, and her M.A. and B.A. (honors with distinction) from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, Canada.


Sadaf's research focuses on the intersection between peer influence and crime, collective behavior, and criminal justice policy. She employs social network analysis and various other research designs to uncover patterns of criminal and non-criminal behaviors that relate to co-offending, police misconduct, police use of force, gang involvement, and relationships among incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons.

Currently, Sadaf is examining the dynamics of police use of force in New Jersey. Her research looks at the salience of officers' working relationships on facilitating use-of-force behaviors. By identifying structural and systematic patterns of relationships that are likely to lead to greater instances of police use of force, her research seeks important avenues for intervention policies that may enhance officer safety and accountability while improving police-civilian relations.