Jennifer Doleac Ph.D.

Jennifer is a Senior Social Scientist in The Lab @ DC. She is also an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia’s Batten School, a Nonresident Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, and a research affiliate with the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

Jennifer is an applied microeconomist with particular interests in the economics of crime and discrimination. She is an expert on how technology and surveillance affect public safety, with past and current work addressing topics such as DNA databases, gun violence, and prisoner re-entry. A common theme in much of her work is how technology improves the quality and availability of crime-related data. Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation, and has been published in leading academic journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics and the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

Prior to coming to The Lab, Jennifer was an NBER/NSF Crime Research Fellow, and worked at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Budget Office.

Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and visits DC frequently.

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