John MacDonald

Penny and Robert A. Fox Faculty Director

John MacDonald, Professor of Criminology and Sociology, studies crime policy, including applications of quasi-experimental methods to evaluating programs and policies.  In 2012, Dr. MacDonald won the Association of Public Policy and Management's David N. Kershaw Award, established to honor individuals younger than 40 who have made significant contributions to the field of public-policy analysis and management. He has served as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator on health, injury prevention, and crime research projects through funding provided by the American Statistical Association, the National Institute of Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. His recent work appears in American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health, Economic Journal, Criminology, and Journal of Legal Studies.

As the Fox Faculty Director, Dr. MacDonald also chairs the Fels Faculty Steering Committee and focuses on organizing standing University faculty to teach core courses at Fels, where they will join practitioners with real-world experience. This committee includes faculty from Penn’s Annenberg School, School of Design, the Graduate School of Education, Law School, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and Wharton, as well as Penn Arts and Sciences.

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Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829