Stuart's research examines the causes, contours, and consequences of urban poverty. His first book, Down, Out, and Under Arrest, is an in-depth ethnography of broken windows policing and the spill-over effects of criminalization on daily life in urban poor communities. The book received the 2017 Robert E. Park Award from the American Sociological Association and the 2019 Michael J. Hindelang Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Criminology.
Stuart's second book, Ballad of the Bullet, examines how the proliferation of digital social media is transforming gangs, gang violence, and neighborhood culture in urban poor communities.
The Urban Studies Annual Lecture is supported by a gift from Norm Glickman, Elyse Pivnick, and alum William Witte.