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David Weisburd

Chief Science Advisor


David Weisburd is the National Policing Institute’s (NPI) Chief Science Advisor, providing guidance and input on all the organization’s research projects.

Dr. Weisburd is a Distinguished Professor at George Mason University and executive director of the university’s 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.

Dr. Weisburd is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Experimental Criminology. Previously, he was a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Office of Justice Programs. He presently serves 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. Dr. Weisburd is also a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and was previously chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Proactive Policing.

Dr. Weisburd is one of the leading international researchers in crime and justice. He is the author or editor of 36 books and more than 270 scientific articles. These 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. He was also the founding editor of the Journal of Experimental Criminology and served as the general editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Dr. Weisburd is presently the editor of the Cambridge Elements Series in Criminology.

He has received many awards for his contributions to criminology and crime prevention including: 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).

Areas of Focus

Providing guidance and input on all of NPI’s research projects.