Prof. David Weisburd

Prof. David Weisburd
Institute of Criminology
Walter E. Meyer chair in law and criminal justice
02-5882507; 02-5883291

David Weisburd is Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice in the Institute of Criminology.  He also holds an appointment as Distinguished Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University . Professor Weisburd is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He is the honorary president of the Israeli Society of Criminology, a member of 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 more than thirty books and more than 200 scientific articles that cover a wide range of criminology and 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 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 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). In 2015 Weisburd received the the Israel Prize, generally regarded as the State of Israel's highest civilian honor.  In 2017 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Research in Criminology from the Israeli Society of Criminology. 



Ph.D. Yale University, New Haven, CT (Sociology) May 1985

M.Phil. Yale University, New Haven, CT (Sociology) May 1980

M.A. Yale University, New Haven, CT (Sociology) December 1978

B.A. Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Sociology, Magna Cum Laude) May 1976


Representative Publications 

Weisburd, D. & Factor, R. (2019). Applied statistics for social science and law (In Hebrew).  Machon Sacher.

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.

Braga, A. & Weisburd, D. Does hot spots policing have meaningful impacts on crime?  Findings from an alternative approach to estimating effect sizes from place-based program evaluations. (OnLine)  Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Weisburd, D., Hasisi, B., Litmanovitz, Y., Carmel, T., & Tshuva, S. (2020). Institutionalizing problem-oriented policing: An evaluation of the EMUN reform in Israel. Criminology and Public Policy, 19, 941–964. 

Weisburd, D., White C. & Wooditch, A. (2020).  “Does collective efficacy matter at the micro geographic level?: Findings from a study of street segments. British Journal of Criminology, 60(4), 873–891.

Weisburd, D., Gill, C., Wooditch, A, Baritt, W., & Murphy, J. (2021). Building collective action at crime hot spots: Findings from a randomized field experiment. Journal of Experimental Criminology 17:161-191.

Weisburd, David, Breanne Cave, Matt Nelson, Clair White, Amelia Haviland, Justin Ready, Brian Lawton, Kathleen Sikkema. (2018)  Mean Streets and Mental Health: Depression and PTSD at Crime Hot Spots. American Journal of Community Psychology 61:285-295.

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

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, Badi Hasisi, Efrat Shoham, Gali Aviv, and Noam Haviv.  (2017). Reinforcing the Impacts of Work Release on Prisoner Recidivism: The Importance of Integrative Interventions.  Journal of Experimental Criminology Volume 13 (2): 241–264

Weisburd, David et al.  (2016). Place Matters: Criminology for the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Weisburd, David. (2016).  Does hot spots policing inevitably lead to unfair and abusive police practices, or can we maximize both fairness and effectiveness in the new proactive policing?  The University of Chicago Legal Forum. 2016 U. Chi. Legal F. 661.

Weisburd, David, Alese Wooditch, Sarit Weisburd and SueMing Yang. (2015). Do Stop, Question, and Frisk Practices Deter Crime: Evidence at Micro-units of Space and Time. Criminology and Public Policy 15:31-56.

Weisburd, David.  (2015). The Law of Crime Concentration and the Criminology of Place. Criminology 53(2), 133-157.

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