Criminology, Law and Society
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Christopher Koper

Christopher Koper

Christopher Koper

Associate Professor

Firearms, violence, and public policy, police and crime control, organizational change in policing, policy and program evaluation, assessment of crime trends

Dr. Christopher S. Koper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and a senior fellow in George Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.  Dr. Koper holds a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland and has over 20 years of experiencing conducting criminological research at George Mason, the Police Executive Research Forum, the University of Pennsylvania, the Urban Institute, the RAND Corporation, the Police Foundation, and other organizations.  He has written and published extensively on issues related to firearms, policing, federal crime prevention efforts, research methods, and other topics.  Dr. Koper has served as a lead or senior-level investigator for numerous projects funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, including Congressionally-mandated assessments of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban and the federal Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.  He is the co-creator of the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix, a tool used by local and national organizations including the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Policing Improvement Agency of the United Kingdom to visualize research results on police effectiveness and translate those results for practitioners and policymakers.  Dr. Koper’s work on the methods of patrolling crime hot spots (often referred to as the “Koper curve” principal) is also used by numerous police agencies in the United States and abroad.

Current Research

Realizing the Potential of Technology for Policing: A Multi-Site Study of the Social, Organizational, and Behavioral Aspects of Implementing Policing Technologies. Project for the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice with Cynthia Lum and James Willis.

The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix. Online interactive tool available at: Project with Cynthia Lum and Cody Telep.

Evaluating the Crime Control and Cost-Benefit Effectiveness of License Plate Recognition (LPR) Technology in Patrol and Investigations. Project for the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice with Cynthia Lum and James Willis. 

Selected Publications

Koper, Christopher S. 2013. “Crime Gun Risk Factors: Buyer, Seller, Firearm, and Transaction Characteristics Associated with Gun Trafficking and Criminal Gun Use.”  Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Published online July 31, DOI 10.1007/s10940-013-9204-3.

Koper, Christopher S., Thomas M. Guterbock, Daniel J. Woods, Bruce G. Taylor, and Timothy J. Carter. 2013. “The Effects of Local Immigration Enforcement on Crime and Disorder: A Case Study of Prince William County, Virginia.” Criminology and Public Policy 12(2): 237-276.

Koper, Christopher S. 2013. “America’s Experience with the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, 1994-2004: Key Findings and Implications.” Pp. 157-171 in Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Koper, Christopher S., Daniel J. Woods, and Bruce E. Kubu. 2013. “Gun Violence Prevention Practices among Local Police in the United States.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management 36(3): 577-603.

Koper, Christopher S., Bruce G. Taylor, and Daniel J. Woods. 2013. “A Randomized Test of Initial and Residual Deterrence from Directed Patrol and Use of License Plate Readers at Crime Hot Spots.” Journal of Experimental Criminology 9(2): 213-244.

Taylor, Bruce, Christopher S. Koper, and Daniel J. Woods. 2011. “A Randomized Control Trial of Different Policing Strategies at Hot Spots of Violent Crime. Journal of Experimental Criminology 7:149-181.

Koper, Christopher S. 1995. “Just Enough Police Presence: Reducing Crime and Disorderly Behavior by Optimizing Patrol Time in Crime Hot Spots.” Justice Quarterly 12:649-672.

Courses Taught

CRIM 490 Firearms Law, Policy and Politics (special topics course)

CRIM 781 Justice Program Evaluation