John MacDonald Selected as 2012 David N. Kershaw Award Recipient
September 10, 2012 01:41 PM
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has selected John MacDonald, M.A., Ph.D., Chair of the Criminology Department and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, as the winner of the 2012 David N. Kershaw Award. The Kershaw Award and Prize comes with an honorarium of $10,000 and recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management.
MacDonald works on a wide variety of topics in criminology that include the study of interpersonal violence, race and ethnic disparities in criminal justice, and the effectiveness of social policy responses to crime. His important contributions to public policy analysis and management include numerous studies using rigorous, quasi-experimental and experimental designs showing the effects of social policies on crime, of institutional social justice reforms on crime, and more recently, the health effects of various policy interventions.
Paul Decker, chair of the Kershaw Award Selection Committee and APPAM's president-elect, notes that “John has made an outstanding contribution to public policy in criminology and related fields. Not only has his research changed how we think about policy, he has also developed applications that public sector managers are adopting to help them achieve their goals.”
MacDonald has published articles in a diverse set of journals that address policy issues from different disciplinary perspectives, including epidemiology (American Journal of Epidemiology), criminology (Criminology), public health (American Journal of Public Health), economics (Economic Journal), and statistics (Journal of the American Statistical Association). In addition, he was awarded the Young Experimental Scholar Award from the Academy of Experimental Criminology in 2009.
The David N. Kershaw Award and Prize is named in honor of the first president of Mathematica Policy Research, a policy research organization headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Kershaw died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 37. The award is generally presented every other year at the APPAM Fall Research Conference.
The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education. With over 1,800 academic, practitioner, organizational and institutional members, APPAM promotes its mission through the annual Fall Research Conference, with the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), the association's journal, several award programs and various activities including international and national conferences and workshops.