Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

Charlotte Gill

Director of the MS Program

Associate Professor

Community-based crime prevention, place-based criminology, policing, youth and crime, program evaluation, mixed-methods research, research synthesis

Dr. Charlotte Gill is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University. She received her PhD in Criminology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Her primary research interests are community- and place-based crime prevention approaches, particularly with juveniles and youth; community policing; program evaluation; and research synthesis. Dr. Gill has over fifteen years of experience in applied experimental and quasi-experimental research and has partnered with police departments and community groups around the United States to develop and test community-led approaches to place-based prevention and improve police responses to people with mental health issues. She is a 2017-19 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and has received several awards and honors, including the 2018 Mentoring Excellence award from Mason OSCAR and the 2019 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty - Rising Star award. 

Selected Publications

Gill, Charlotte, David Weisburd, Denise Nazaire, Heather Prince, and Claudia Gross Shader. (2024). Building a "Beautiful Safe Place for Youth" through problem-oriented community organizing: A quasi-experimental evaluation. Criminology & Public Policy.

Stokes, Robert J., and Charlotte Gill (Eds.). (2020). Innovations in community-based crime prevention: Case studies and lessons learned. New York, NY: Springer.

Weisburd, David, David Farrington, and Charlotte Gill (Eds.) (2016). What works in crime prevention and rehabilitation: Lessons from systematic reviews. New York: Springer.

Gill, Charlotte, David Weisburd, Cody W. Telep, Zoe Vitter, and Trevor Bennett. (2014). Community-oriented policing to reduce crime, disorder, and fear and increase satisfaction and legitimacy among citizens: A systematic review. Journal of Experimental Criminology, 10(4), 399-428.

Courses Taught

CRIM 320 Crime & Place

CRIM 491/492 Honors Seminar (2016-17)

CRIM 511 Evidence-Based Crime and Justice Policy

CRIM 516 Evaluation of Crime and Justice Policies and Practices

CRIM 517 Research Practicum in Justice Policy and Practice

CRIM 781 Justice Program Evaluation

CRIM 795 Criminological Theory


PhD, Criminology, University of Pennsylvania (2010)
MPhil, Criminology, University of Cambridge (2004)
MA (Cantab.), Law, University of Cambridge (2003)

Dissertations Supervised

L. Cait Kanewske, “Things Have Changed Around Here”: Perceptions of Crime and Safety in Rural Southeastern Kentucky (2023)

Denise Nazaire, Cultivating Community Engagement in Youth Violence Prevention: A Community-Led, Place-Based, Data-Driven, Non-Arrest Approach (2018)