Oxford Q-Step Centre

Dave Kirk

As an economics major during my undergraduate study in the United States, I assumed my career options were Wall Street or management consulting. I chose the latter, and quickly found myself on a project with the State of Texas prison system working to overhaul its information system. My first week on the job, the prison executed the first woman in Texas in over 100 years and the first female in the United States in over a decade.  Out of this eye opening, formidable experience came a thirst to understand the politics underlying crime control as well as an interest in conducting rigorous, policy-relevant research that could be used to aid sound policy formation. That led me to Washington, DC, and eventually to the University of Chicago for my Ph.D. In my research, I apply experimental and quasi-experimental methods to research questions related to crime, education, and government institutions.