Criminology, Law and Society

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

David Weisburd

David Weisburd

David Weisburd

Distinguished Professor

Police innovation, geography of crime (crime and place), experimental criminology, statistics and research methods, white collar crime

David Weisburd is a Distinguished Professor at George Mason University and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. He also holds a joint appointment as the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Police Foundation in Washington DC and is Chair of its Research Advisory Committee. Professor Weisburd is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, the Steering Committee of the Campbell Crime and Justice Group, the Harvard Executive Session in Policing, and the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council. He also served on the NRC working group on Evaluating Anti-Crime Programs and its panel on Police Practices and Policies. Professor Weisburd is one of the leading international researchers in crime and justice. He is author or editor of more than twenty books and more than 100 scientific articles that cover a wide range of criminal justice research topics, including crime at place, violent crime, white collar crime, policing, illicit markets, criminal justice statistics and social deviance. Professor Weisburd is editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology and sits on the editorial boards of Evaluation Review, the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. He is the 2010 winner of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology and the 2011 winner of the Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science.

Selected Publications

Braga, Anthony and David Weisburd. (2010) Policing Problem Places: Crime Hot Spots and Effective Prevention. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Weisburd, David, Badi Hasisi and Tal Jonathan. (2010) Terrorist Threats and Police Performance: A Study of Israeli Communities. British Journal of Criminology.


Weisburd, David, Thomas Feucht, Idit Hakimi, Simon Perry and Lois Mock (Eds.). (2009) To Protect and to Serve: Police and Policing in an Age of Terrorism.  New York: Springer Verlaag.

Simpson, Sally and David Weisburd (Eds.). (2009) The Criminology of White Collar Crime.  New York: Springer Verlaag.

Weisburd, David, Nancy Morris and Elizabeth Groff. (2009), Hot Spots of Juvenile Crime: A Longitudinal Study of Arrest Incidents at Street Segments in Seattle, Washington.  Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Weisburd, David and Alex Piquero.  (2008) How Well Do Criminologists Explain Crime?: Statistical Modeling in Published Studies.  Crime and Justice Vol 17:453-502.

Courses Taught

CRIM 795 Crime and Place (special topics course)

CRIM 795 Experimental Criminology (special topics course)