Prof. David Weisburd is a Distinguished Professor at the Hebrew University's Institute of Criminology. Prof. Weisburd is one of the leading international researchers in the field of crime and justice. He is author or editor of more than 30 books and more than 200 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. He has received many awards for his contributions to criminology and crime prevention. These include the Stockholm Prize in Criminology (2010) and the Israel Prize (generally regarded as the State of Israel's highest civilian honor) (2015).
Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers. In his recently published book, "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know", Gladwell dedicates about 18 pages discussing the work of Prof. David Weisburd, focusing on a few of Prof. Weisburd's studies, as well as the general story about how he became interested in the theory of crime hot spots. Gladwell focuses on Prof. Weisburd's basic research and his efforts to reimagine criminology and rethink traditional criminological concepts, moving the focus from people to places. Gladwell argues that the police often get it wrong when they try to apply strategies like police stops across a city and makes the case that police need to be focused if they are to be effective and gain community support for their interventions.