David McDowall

David McDowall

Distinguished Teaching Professor
School of Criminal Justice
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy


Draper 223B

Ph.D. (1980) Northwestern University

David McDowall


David McDowall teaches courses in statistics and data analysis and is lead co-editor of the journal Criminology. He is a coauthor of several books, including Design and Analysis of Time Series Experiments (with Richard McCleary and Bradley J. Bartos; Oxford University Press, 2017). He is a previous editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and 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 criminal victimization; policy of juvenile justice and firearm violence; historical patterns in criminal offending and the time series properties of crime rate trends.

Professor McDowall’s research focuses on the social distribution of violent crime and criminal victimization, and on quantitative methods useful for these studies. His publications appear in journals in the fields of sociology, criminology, and public health. In addition to considering theoretical questions about variations in crime, Professor McDowall also studies policy issues, especially in the areas of juvenile justice and firearm violence. His current research examines long-term trends and other temporal patterns in homicide, both within the U.S. and internationally.