David Weisburd was born in 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University, and an M.A., an M.Phil, and a Ph.D in sociology from Yale University. Weisburd currently hold joint appointments as the Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in Jerusalem, Executive Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, and Distinguished Professor at George Mason University.
A prolific writer, Weisburd has published hundreds of articles and more than 30 books. He has conducted meaningful research into white-collar crime, as well as the micro-geography of crime. He has done numerous longitudinal studies exploring frequent locations of crime in cities such as Seattle, Tel Aviv, and Jersey City, New Jersey. He has advocated for more intentional distribution of police coverage in areas of criminal hot spots. He also found that white collar criminals tended to fit a common profile and that the crimes were generally mundane.
For his work, Weisburd has been honored numerous times. He was awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology (the highest honor in the field), the Edwin H. Sutherland Award from the American Society of Criminology, and most recently, the August Vollmer Award. In 2005, he was selected to be an honorary fellow of the American Society of Criminology.
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