David McDowall

David McDowall

Distinguished Teaching Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
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PhD (1980) Northwestern University

David McDowall


David McDowall teaches courses in statistics and data analysis. He is a co-author of several books in these areas, including Interrupted Time Series Analysis (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Design and Analysis of Time Series Experiments (Oxford University Press, 2017), both with Richard McCleary and Bradley J. Bartos.  He has served as an editor of Criminology and the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and he is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. In 2011, he received the American Society of Criminology’s Teaching Award for lifetime achievement.

Research Interests

The social distribution of crime and victimization;  juvenile justice and firearm violence policies; historical patterns in criminal offending and the time series properties of crime rate trends.

Professor McDowall’s scholarship focuses on violent crime and criminal victimization and on quantitative methods useful for these studies. His journal publications appear in the fields of sociology, criminology, and public health. In addition to theoretical questions about crime, Professor McDowall also studies a variety of policy issues. His current research examines long-term trends and other temporal patterns in homicide, both within the U.S. and internationally.