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 Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy. He is also the Walter E. Meyer Professor Emeritus of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem. He also serves as Chief Science Adviser at the National Policing Institute,. Professor Weisburd is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He was a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs, and serves presently on the Steering Committee of the Campbell Crime and Justice Group, the Stockholm Prize Committee, 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 was 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 36 books and more than 270 scientific articles that cover a wide range of criminal justice research topics, including crime at place, violent crime, white collar crime, policing, illicit markets, terrorism, criminal justice statistics and social deviance. Professor Weisburd was the founding Editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology and served as the General Editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.  He is presently Editor of the Cambridge Elements Series in 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); the August Vollmer Award for contributions to the prevention of crime (ASC, 2017); The Robert Peel Medal (Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, 2022); and the Rothschild Prize for Social Science (2022).

Selected Publications

Weisburd, D., Jonathan-Zamir, T., Perry, G., & Hasisi, B. (Eds.) (2023). The Future of Evidence Based Policing.  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Weisburd, D., Telep, C., Vovak, H., Zastrow, T., Braga, A.,Turchan, B. (2022) Reforming the police through procedural justice training: A multi-city randomized trial at crime hot spots.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119 (14):1-6. https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2118780119

Weisburd, D., White, C., Wire, S. & Wilson, D. (2021) Enhancing informal social controls to reduce crime: Evidence from a study of crime hot spots. Prevention Science 22 (4):509-522. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01194-4.

Weisburd, D., Wilson, D.B., Wooditch, A. & Britt, C. (2021) Advanced statistics in criminology and criminal justice.  Springer Nature. https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-67738-1.

Weisburd, David and Anthony A. Braga (Eds.). (2019). Police Innovation: Contrasting Perspectives (Revised Second Edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Weisburd, David, and Malay K. Majmundar (Editors). (2018). Proactive Policing: Effects on Crime and Communities.  Washington DC: The National Academies Press.

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, D. (2015). The law of crime concentration and the criminology of place. Criminology, 53(2), 133–157. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-9125.12070

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, 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)


BA Brandeis University

MA, MPHIL, PHD Yale University

Dissertations Supervised

Taryn Zastrow, Exploring Variations in Crime Hot Spots Through the Perspectives of Residents (2024)

Kiseong Kuen, A Reassessment of the Process-Based Model of Policing: Filling Three Major Gaps (2024)

Victoria Lauren Goldberg, Boulevard of Broken Dreams: An Examination of Mental Health at Micro-Geographies (2024)

Kevin B. Petersen, To Where the River Flows: Examining the Downstream Effects of Police Body-Worn Cameras (2023)

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

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

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

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)

Kate Doyle Feingold, Teaching Youth Their Miranda Rights: A Randomized Controlled Trial (2020) (co-chair)