Professor in Sociology
Research Interests: Life Course, Criminology, Quantitative Methods, Experimental Methods.
Dave joined the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford in 2015. He is the Director of Research for the Department of Sociology, and a member of the Steering Committee. At Nuffield, Dave serves as the Equality and Diversity Fellow, and directs the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute, the College's new graduate access initiative. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Oxford QStep Centre, and the Director of Nuffield's Centre for Social Investigation. Dave received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Dave's new book, Home Free, uses Hurricane Katrina as a natural experiment for investigating why so many released prisoners are subsequently rearrested and reincarcerated. One answer is related to place. Because of the destruction from the hurricane, many individuals released from prison soon after Katrina could not go back to their old neighborhoods as they normally would have done. In this way, the hurricane provided a unique opportunity to investigate what happens when individuals move not just a short distance away from home, but to entirely different cities, counties, and social worlds.