Dr. Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago
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Dr. Jens Ludwig Elected to IOM
November 5, 2012 12:00 PM
Dr. Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, was elected to the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM) in mid-October. Dr. Ludwig is one of the nation's leading researchers, applying scientific tools to the study of social issues such as crime, poverty, and health. He is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy and also the Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Professor Ludwig is the 14th faculty member to be elected to IOM since 1978.
“It is a great honor to be selected to join the IOM,” said Dr. Ludwig. “Researchers and policymakers are increasingly aware that some of the most important determinants of health have nothing to do with what happens in the medical system, and are instead related to the social environment. It is a privilege to be able to work with the IOM to learn more about social determinants of health outcomes for some of our nation’s most economically disadvantaged people.”
“The Institute of Medicine is greatly enriched by the addition of our newly elected colleagues, each of whom has significantly advanced health and medicine,” said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg. “Through their research, teaching, clinical work, and other contributions, these distinguished individuals have inspired and served as role models to others.”
Dr. Ludwig’s research on the social determinants of health has focused largely on three areas: the prevention of violent crime, the effects of urban poverty on health and well-being, and the ways in which public policy affects health outcomes.
A David N. Kershaw Award winner, Dr. Ludwig has also received the Investigator Award in Health Policy from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a visiting scholar award from the Russell Sage Foundation. He is an elected fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, non-resident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, and co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research working group on the economics of crime. Dr. Ludwig received his Ph.D. from Duke University and was previously a faculty member at Georgetown University before joining the University of Chicago.