Three Criminology Faculty Awarded

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Faculty from the Department of Criminology were recognized by the 2020 Division of Experimental Criminology (DEC) and Academy of Experimental Criminology Awards.

Aaron Chalfin, Assistant Professor of Criminology, won the Young Experimental Scholar Award, which recognizes exceptional early career scholarship. 

Adrian Raine, Richard Perry University Professor, is the recipient of the Joan McCord Award for distinguished experimental contributions to criminology and criminal justice. Raine has appointments in the Departments of Criminology and Psychology and in the Department of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine.

John MacDonald, Professor of Criminology and Sociology, is part of the team that won the Outstanding Experimental Field Trial Award. Team members include Charles Branas, an adjunct fellow at Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives and Chair of Epidemiology at Columbia University; Douglas Weibe, Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine; Eugenia South, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine; Michelle Kondo, Research Social Scientist in the U.S. Forest Service; Bernadette C. Hohl, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Rutgers University School of Public Health; and Philippe Bourgois; Professor-in-Residence at University of California, Los Angeles. 

Outside the Department of Criminology, Penn winners include Robert F. Boruch, University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and Statistics at the Graduate School of Education. Boruch received the Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Division of Experimental Criminology is one of 16 divisions in the American Society of Criminology. The DEC seeks to promote and improve the use and development of experimental evidence and methods in the advancement of criminological theory and evidence-based crime policy. The Academy of Experimental Criminology is a learned society founded in 1998 in order to recognize scholars who have done influential research in the field of experimental criminology.


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