Selected projects. See Press for coverage.

Criminal Justice

Paths to Decarceration: Enhancing Community Safety and Justice. Version 1.1: 2023-09-22. A. Chalfin, & B. Street. (2023).

  • Part of out Data for Accountability, Transparency, and Advancement to Lower Incarceration for Transformation (DATA2LIFT) initiative. 

Cost of Discretion: Judicial Decision-Making, Pretrial Detention, and Public Safety in New York City. Oren, Oded, Topaz, Chad M., & Oliva, Courtney M. (2023).

Racial disparities in criminal sentencing vary considerably across federal judges. Goldrosen, C.M. Smith, M.-V. Ciocanel, R. Santorella, S. Sen, S. Bushway, C.M. Topaz. J. Inst. Theor. Econ. 179 (1) (2023).

Algorithms in Judges’ Hands: Incarceration and Inequity in Broward County, Florida. U. Bahl, C.M. Topaz, L. Obermüller, S. Goldstein, M. Sneirson. Submitted (2023).

New York City Jails: COVID Discharge Policy, Data Transparency, and Reform. E. Miller, B.D. Martin, C.M. Topaz. PLOS One 17 (1) (2022).

Federal Criminal Sentencing: Race-Based Disparate Impact and Differential Treatment in Judicial Districts. C.M. Topaz, S. Ning, M.-V. Ciocanel, S. Bushway. Submitted (2022).

Impacts of California Proposition 47 on Crime in Santa Monica, CA. J. Crodelle, C. Vallejo, M. Schmidtchen, C.M. Topaz, M.R. D’Orsogna. PLOS One 16 (5) (2021).

JUSTFAIR: Judicial System Transparency through Federal Archive Inferred Records. M.-V. Ciocanel, C.M. Topaz, R. Santorella, S. Sen, C.M. Smith, A. Hufstetler. PLOS One 15 (10) (2020).

Analysis of Pretrial Hearings in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. N. Goldrosen, C.M. Topaz.


Diversity of Artists in Major U.S. Museums. C.M. Topaz, B. Klingenberg, D. Turek, B. Heggeseth, P. Harris, J. C. Blackwood, C. Ondine Chavoya, S. Nelson, K. M. Murphy. PLOS One 14 (3) (2019).

Race/Gender Based Under-Representation of Creative Contributors: Art, Fashion, Film, and Music. C.M. Topaz, J. Higdon, A. Epps-Darling, E. Siau, H. Kerkhoff, S. Mendiratta, E. Young. Nature Hum. Soc. Sci. 9 (221) (2022).


Do Introductory Courses Disproportionately Drive Minoritized Students out of STEM Pathways. N. Brown, N. Hatfield, C.M. Topaz. PNAS Nexus 1 (4) (2022).

Affirmative Action, Critical Mass, and a Predictive Model of Student Body Demographics. D. Maes, J. Tucher, C.M. Topaz. PLOS One 16 (5) (2021).

Demographic Study of Signatories to Public Letters on Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences. C.M. Topaz, J. Cart, C. Diaz Eaton, A. Hanson Shrout, J.A. Higdon, K. Ince, B. Katz, D. Lewis, J. Libertini, C.M. Smith. PLOS One 15 (4) (2020).

Gender Representation on Journal Editorial Boards in the Mathematical Sciences. C.M. Topaz, S. Sen. PLOS One 11 (8) (2016).