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 part time 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 Chief Science Advisor 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, and the Scientific Commission of the International Society of Criminology.  He is also a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Proactive Policing. Professor Weisburd is one of the leading international researchers in crime and justice. He is author or editor of more than twenty-five books and more than 175 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 was the founding Editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology and is Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.  He has received many awards for his contributions to criminology and crime prevention.  These include: the Stockholm Prize in Criminology (2010); the Klachky Family Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science (2011); the Jerry Lee Award for Lifetime Achievement in Experimental Criminology (Division of Experimental Criminology, ASC, 2014), the Robert Boruch Award for distinctive contributions to research that influences public policy of the Campbell Collaboration (2014); the Sutherland Award for "outstanding contributions to the discipline of criminology" (ASC, 2014); the Israel Prize (generally regarded as the State of Israel's highest civilian honor) (2015); the Mentoring Award for “excellence in mentorship in the discipline of Criminology and Criminal Justice” (ASC, 2016); and the August Vollmer Award for contributions to the prevention of crime (ASC, 2017).

Selected Publications

Weisburd, D., Farrington, D., and Gill, C. (2017). What works in crime prevention and rehabilitation: An assessment of systematic reviews. Criminology and Public Policy 16 (2):415-449.

Weisburd, David, Anthony Braga, Elizabeth Groff, and Alese Wooditch.  (2017) Can Hot Spots Policing Reduce Crime in Urban Areas? An Agent-Based Simulation. Criminology 55 (1):137-173.

Weisburd, David, John Eck, Anthony Braga, Cody Telep, Breanne Cave, Kate Bowers,Gerben Bruinsma, Charlotte Gill, Elizabeth Groff, Joshua Hinkle, Julie Hibdon, Shane Johnson, Brian Lawton, Cynthia Lum, Jerry Ratcliffe, George Rengert, Travis Taniguchi, Sue-Ming Yang.  (2016). Place Matters: Criminology for the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Weisburd, David, David Farrington and Charlotte Gill (Eds.). (2016). What Works in Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation?: Lessons from Systematic Reviews. New York: Springer Verlaag.

Weisburd, David, Elizabeth Groff and SueMing Yang. (2012), The Criminology of Place: Street Segments And Our Understanding of the Crime Problem.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

Weisburd, David, Laura Wyckoff, Justin Ready, John E. Eck, Joshua C. Hinkle, and Frank Gajewski. (2006) Does Crime Just Move Around the Corner?: A Controlled Study of Spatial Displacement and Diffusion of Crime Control Benefits. Criminology 44(3): 549-591

Weisburd, David, Stanton Wheeler, Elin Waring and Nancy Bode. (1991). Crimes of the Middle Classes: White Collar Offenders in the Federal Courts. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Courses Taught

CRIM 795 Crime and Place (special topics course)

CRIM 795 Experimental Criminology (special topics course)

Dissertations Supervised

Julie A. Hibdon, What's Hot and What's Not: The Effects of Individual Factors on the Identification of Hot and Cool Crime Spots (2011)

Cody W. Telep, Moving Forward With Evidence-Based Policing: What Should Police Be Doing and Can We Get Them to Do It? (2013)

Breanne Cave, Policing Places: The Influence of Street Segment Context on Police Activity (2016)

Alese Wooditch, The Potential of Spatiotemporal Methods to Improve Criminal Justice Policy and Program Evaluation (2016)