Daniel S. Nagin is one of the most visible criminologists, with a keen interest in rational choice and behavioral approaches to the understanding, and to combatting, crime. He has widely published in the top journals in criminology, sociology, economics, statistics, psychology, and law. In August 2021, he was appointed Max Planck Law Fellow by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, and the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn.
Daniel S. Nagin is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics (Carnegie Mellon University) and since 2006 has served as the college’s Associate Dean of Faculty. He received his Ph.D. in 1976 from what is now the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. He chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty, and served as Deputy Secretary for Fiscal Policy and Analysis in the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from 1981 to 1986. He is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Academy of Political and Social Science and the recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Edwin H Sutherland Award in 2006, the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2014, Carnegie Mellon University’s Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award in 2015, and the National Academy of Science Award for Scientific Reviewing in 2017. His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data.