Professor of Criminology and Sociology
Penny and Robert A. Fox Faculty Director, Fels Institute of Government
Areas of Interest
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.
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.