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David Kirk

Professorial Fellow
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. At Nuffield, Dave directs the Nuffield Undergraduate Scholars Institute as well as the Centre for Social Investigation. Dave received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Dave's research agenda is primarily organized around three inter-related themes: the causes and consequences of police misconduct, solutions to criminal recidivism, and the causes and consequences of gun violence. Dave's 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. 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. 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.

 

David Kirk

Publications

BOOK

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


SELECT JOURNAL ARTICLES

Rad, Abdul N., David S. Kirk, and William P. Jones. Forthcoming. “Police Unionism, Accountability, and Misconduct.” Annual Review of Criminology 47.

Simpson, Cohen R., and David S. Kirk. Forthcoming. “Is Police Misconduct Contagious? Non-Trivial Null Findings from Dallas, Texas.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10940-021-09532-7

Hassan, Said, David S. Kirk, and Lars. H. Andersen. Forthcoming. “The Importance of Living Arrangements for Criminal Persistence and Desistance: A Novel Test of Exposure to Convicted Family Members.” Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40865-022-00211-0.

Kirk, David S. 2022. “Breaking Free — Neighborhoods’ Pull and Peril for the Formerly Incarcerated.” Contexts 21(3): 34-39. https://doi.org/10.1177/15365042221114987.

Kirk, David S., and Marti Rovira. 2022. “An Audit Experiment to Investigate the ‘War on Cops’.” Journal of Experimental Criminology 18:569-580. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-021-09458-x.

Bucci, Rebecca, David S. Kirk, and Robert J. Sampson. 2022. “Visualizing How Race, Support for Black Lives Matter, and Gun Ownership Shape Views of the U.S. Capitol Insurrection of January 6th, 2021.” Socius 8https://doi.org/10.1177%2F23780231221110124.

Sampson, Robert J., David S. Kirk, and Rebecca Bucci. 2022. “Cohort Profile: Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods and Its Additions (PHDCN+).” Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40865-022-00203-0.

Kirk, David S., and Marti Rovira. 2022. “Do Black Lives Matter to Employers? A Combined Field and Natural Experiment of Racially Disparate Hiring Practices in the Wake of Protests against Police Violence and Racial Oppression.” PLoS ONE 17(5): e0267889. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0267889.

Frey, Arun, and David S. Kirk. 2021. “The Impact of Mass Shootings on Attitudes toward Gun Restrictions.” Socius 7. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F23780231211054636

Kirk, David S., Nicolo Cavalli, and Noli Brazil. 2020. “The Implications of Ridehailing for Risky Driving and Road Accident Injuries and Fatalities.” Social Science & Medicine 250.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112793

Kirk, David S., Geoffrey C. Barnes, Jordan M. Hyatt, and Brook W. Kearley. 2018. “The Impact of Residential Change and Housing Stability on Recidivism: Pilot Results from the Maryland Opportunities through Vouchers Experiment (MOVE).” Journal of Experimental Criminology 14(2): 213-226. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11292-017-9317-z

Kirk, David S., and Sara Wakefield. 2018. “Collateral Consequences of Punishment: A Critical Review and Path Forward.” Annual Review of Criminology 1: 171-194. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-criminol-032317-092045

Desmond, Matthew S., Andrew V. Papachristos, and David S. Kirk. 2016. “Police Violence and Citizen Crime Reporting in the Black Community.” American Sociological Review 81(5): 857-876. https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122416663494

Kirk, David S. 2015. “A Natural Experiment of the Consequences of Concentrating Former Prisoners in the Same Neighborhoods.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112(22): 6943-6948. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1501987112

Kirk, David S., and Robert J. Sampson. 2013. “Juvenile Arrest and Collateral Educational Damage in the Transition to Adulthood.” Sociology of Education 86(1): 36-62. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038040712448862

Kirk, David S. 2012. “Residential Change as a Turning Point in the Life Course of Crime: Desistance or Temporary Cessation?” Criminology 50(2): 329-58. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9125.2011.00262.x

Kirk, David S., Andrew V. Papachristos, Jeffrey Fagan, and Tom R. Tyler. 2012. “The Paradox of Law Enforcement in Immigrant Communities: Does Tough Immigration Enforcement Undermine Public Safety?” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 641: 79-98. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002716211431818

Kirk, David S., and Andrew V. Papachristos. 2011. “Cultural Mechanisms and the Persistence of Neighborhood Violence.” American Journal of Sociology 116(4): 1190-1233. https://doi.org/10.1086/655754

Kirk, David S., and Mauri Matsuda. 2011. “Legal Cynicism, Collective Efficacy, and the Ecology of Arrest.” Criminology 49(2): 443-472. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9125.2011.00226.x

Kirk, David S. 2009. “A Natural Experiment on Residential Change and Recidivism: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina.” American Sociological Review 74(3): 484-505. https://doi.org/10.1177/000312240907400308