Crime Lab Directors

Jens Ludwig (Director), is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and co-director of the NBER's Working Group on the Economics of Crime. Ludwig has been involved for the past dozen years with the evaluation of a large HUD-funded housing-mobility experiment known as Moving to Opportunity (MTO), which includes a major demonstration site on the south side of Chicago. He is also one of the nation's leading gun policy researchers, whose publications on the topic include Gun Violence: The Real Costs with Philip Cook (Oxford, 2000) and Evaluating Gun Policy, co-edited with Cook (Brookings, 2003). In 2006 he was awarded the David Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for distinguished contributions to public policy by the age of 40.

Harold Pollack (Co-Director), is the Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, and faculty chair of the Center for Health Administration Studies.  He has published widely at the interface between poverty policy and public health, including a number of studies about harm reduction for injection drug users and efforts to reduce drug abuse and dependence. His recent work appears in AddictionHealth Services Research, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, and other publications. He has been appointed to three expert committees of the National Academy of Sciences.

Crime Lab Executive Director

Roseanna Ander serves as the founding Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab (2008) and the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab (2011).  The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab each works to help develop, implement and evaluate promising social policy interventions in a way that generates objective outcome data about what works and why, that is as rigorous as the gold standard for evidence used in medicine, another area where lives are at stake.  It is based in part on the success of MIT’s “Poverty Action Lab” which has quickly become a world leader in applying similarly rigorous research methods to understanding how to address poverty and other social problems in the developing world. In January 2010, Ms. Ander was appointed to the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee and to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. In March 2011, Ms. Ander was named co-chair of Chicago Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel’s Public Safety Transition Committee. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Ms. Ander oversaw the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence program, which makes annual grants of $3.3 million to support research and public policies aimed at reducing deaths and injuries from firearms.  Ms. Ander also served as the developer and lead program officer for the Foundation’s grantmaking on Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining Joyce, she was a Soros Justice Fellow with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she worked on a range of issues including truancy, domestic violence and consumer protection.  Ms. Ander has also worked for the Harvard Injury Control Center, the Harvard Center for Children’s Health, and the Harvard Project on Schooling and Children.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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