Robert Vargas is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Sociology, and founding Director of the Violence, Law, and Politics Lab. His research examines how redistricting laws, bureaucracies, and public policies shape the conditions of cities, with a particular focus on violence and health care. His award winning book "Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio" shows the relationship between ward boundary redistricting and block-level violence in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. With funding from an NSF Early Career award, Professor Vargas will continue his research on the political economy of urban violence through a quantitative historical project on Chicago, New Orleans, and San Francisco. A Chicago native, Professor Vargas also consults on numerous local policy initiatives for foundations and nonprofit organizations.