David Kirk

David Kirk

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  Nuffield College

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David Kirk

Professor of Sociology, Fellow of Nuffield College


Dave joined the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College in 2015. At Nuffield, Dave is the Director of the Centre for Social Investigation as well as the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute (NUSI). He is also a faculty affiliate of the Oxford QStep Centre. Dave received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Dave's research agenda is primarily organised around three inter-related themes: the causes and consequences of police misconduct, solutions to criminal recidivism, and the causes and consequences of gun violence. His new book, Home Free (Oxford University Press 2020), traces the effect of residential displacement among the formerly incarcerated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Another project, funded by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, is designed to examine the correlates and consequences of gun violence over the life course over the past 25 years, a period of dramatic social change in the US. Dave's research has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Criminology, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research Areas: Justice, Demography, Life Course, Criminology, Quantitative Methods.



Kirk, David S. 2020. Home Free: Prisoner Reentry and Residential Change after Hurricane Katrina (Oxford University Press)

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