Travis Taniguchi

Travis Taniguchi, Ph.D.

Director of Research

Research Division


Dr. Travis Taniguchi joined the National Policing Institute (NPI) as Director of Research in May 2020. He has more than 10 years of research experience, and has lead projects for the National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office for Community Policing Services, and the Office for the Victims of Crime. His research focuses on testing policies and strategies through field randomized experiments with law enforcement agencies. Dr. Taniguchi has recently completed projects exploring strategies for disrupting near repeat patterns of residential burglary and methods law enforcement agencies can use to prioritize warrant service. He has also run numerous large-scale survey data collections involving law enforcement agencies.

Prior to joining NPI, Dr. Taniguchi served as a Research Criminologist at RTI International and Police Criminologist for the Redlands (California) Police Department. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a Master’s and PhD in Criminal Justice from Temple University.

Areas of Focus

  • Program and policy evaluation
  • Spatial and environmental criminology
  • Field experiments

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