People

Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

Sara Heller

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Assistant Professor of Criminology,School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

About

Heller, Sara B. “Summer Jobs Reduce Violence among Disadvantaged Youth” (2014). Science, Vol 346 Issue 6214

Heller, Sara B., Anuj K. Shah, Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, Sendhil Mullainathan & Harold A. Pollack (2015). “Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago.” NBER Working Paper 21178 (Revise & Resubmit)

Heller, Sara, Brian A. Jacob & Jens Ludwig (2011). “Family Income, Neighborhood Poverty, and Crime.” In Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs, Eds. Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig & Justin McCrary. National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report, University of Chicago Press
 
Faculty Fellow

John MacDonald

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Professor of Criminology and Sociology

Penny and Robert A. Fox Faculty Director, Fels Institute of Government

About

John M. MacDonald is Penny and Robert A. Fox Faculty Director of Penn’s Fels Institute of Government and Professor of Criminology and Sociology in the Department of Criminology in the School of Arts and Sciences. He focuses primarily on the study of interpersonal violence, race, and ethnic disparities in criminal justice, and the effect of public policy responses on crime. His contributions to public policy research include numerous studies using rigorous, quasi-experimental and experimental designs showing the effects of social policies on crime, of institutional social justice reforms on crime, and more recently, the health effects of various policy interventions. He was awarded the Young Experimental Scholar Award by the Academy of Experimental Criminology for significant contributions to experimental research. He also received the David N. Kershaw Award for distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management from the American Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. He is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. His latest urban research examines the remediating vacant land and abandoned houses on crime.

Selected Publications

Ridgeway, Greg and John M MacDonald. 2017. “Effect of Rail Transit on Crime: A Study of Los Angeles from 1988 to 2014.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 33 (2): 277-291.

Chirico, Michael, Robert Inman, Charles Loeffler, John MacDonald, and Holger Sieg. 2017 “Procrastination and Property Tax Compliance: Evidence from a Field Experiment.” National Bureau of Economic Research 23243.

Kondo, MC, SH Han, GH Donovan, and JM MacDonald. 2017. “The association between urban trees and crime: Evidence from the spread of the emerald ash borer in Cincinnati.” Landscape and Urban Planning 157: 193-199

MacDonald, JM, N Nicosia, and BD Ukert. 2017. “Do Schools Cause Crime in Neighborhoods? Evidence from the Opening of Schools in Philadelphia.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 1-24.

Branas, CC, MC Kondo, SM Murphy, EC South, D Polsky, and JM MacDonald. 2016. “Urban blight remediation as a cost-beneficial solution to firearm violence.” American Journal of Public Health 106(12): 2158-2164.

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