Project Longevity Academic Partnerships


Project Longevity leverages the analytical and strategic expertise of nationally renown academic institutions and scholars to determine the influence of violence groups, the trends of group violence and the dynamics of violent groups.

Yale University


Yale Law School:


Professor Tracey L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Meares is one of the leading national theorists on police legitimacy and her work influences the design of Project Longevity's strategic vision.


Department of Sociology at Yale University: 


Professor Andrew Papachristos specializes in research that focuses on social networks, neighborhoods, street gangs, and interpersonal violence. Professor Papachristos is currently involved in the evaluation and implementation of several violence reduction strategies including Project Longevity.


Michael Sierra-Arevalo received his B.A. in sociology and psychology (high honors) from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at Yale University. He is an affiliate fellow at the Institute for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), and a graduate student affiliate of the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE).


His dissertation research focuses on the relationships between police and the public, particularly how police perceptions of danger influence how they go about doing their jobs. His research interests also include gangs, gun violence, social networks, and public policy strategies for reducing urban violence.


Since 2012, Sierra-Arevalo has provided research and programmatic support for Project Longevity, a statewide gun-violence prevention program being implemented with cooperation from local police, the U.S. Attorney's Office, community leaders, and researchers.

National Network for Safe Communities


The National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC), a project of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, supports cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities. The NNSC developed the proven Group Violence Intervention, on which Project Longevity is modeled, and provides the Project Longevity partnership with strategic advising, access to national best practices, and collaborative learning opportunities.