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Takuma Kamada

Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology

1001 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

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Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. My research seeks to understand the conditions under which institutional and social contexts affect crime, and in turn how crime augments or mitigates community relations and social inequality. Specifically, I use quasi-experimental research designs to examine: (i) how social policies and law enforcement affect crime, with an emphasis on illegal markets in different ethno-racial contexts, and (ii) how crime and law enforcement shape community, race relations, and social inequality.  My dissertation examines how the crack epidemic in the mid-1980s---an unusually violent and racialized drug epidemic--- helped shape residential inequality by race and class. Upon graduation, I will join the faculty of the Osaka International School of Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University as an assistant professor in June 2020. Please refer to my CV for further information.


Selected Projects:

Kamada, Takuma. "The Emergence of Crack Cocaine, the Nature of Violence, and the Enduring Effects on Suburbanization." Work in Progress. 

  • American Society of Criminology 2019 Gene Carte Student Paper Competition, 2nd place.

Kamada, Takuma. "The Durable Consequences of the Crack Epidemic on Residential Segregation in Metropolitan Cities and Suburbs." Work in Progress. 

Kamada, Takuma. 2019. "Ethno-Racial and Skin Tone Differences in Illegal Earnings." Under Review. 

Hoshino, Tetsuya and Takuma Kamada. 2019. "Third-Party Policing on Organized Crime: Evidence from the Yakuza." Revised & Resubmitted at the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

  • Penn State University, 9th Annual Criminology Paper Competition, 1st place.
  • Equal authorship; Graduate student co-authorship at the time of writing. 

Gavrilova, Evelina, Takuma Kamada, and Floris Zoutman. 2019. "Is Legal Pot Crippling Mexican Drug Trafficking Organisations? The Effect of Medical Marijuana Laws on US Crime.The Economic Journal, 129(617): 375-407.