Faculty Research Associate — Ph.D., University of Chicago
Associate Professor of Sociology
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David S. Kirk (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago) is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Kirk's research agenda is primarily organized around three inter-related themes: first, the legitimacy of the law and the effects of illegitimacy on crime and the willingness of residents to cooperate with the police; second, the effect of neighborhood culture and conditions on criminal and delinquent behavior; and third, prisoner reentry and the consequences of housing and parole policies for offender reintegration. One recent study examined the detrimental consequences of punitive enforcement of immigration laws on public cooperation with the police in immigrant communities. Kirk's recent research has appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Criminology, and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
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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.
Kirk David S., and Robert J. Sampson. 2011. “Crime and the Production of Safe Schools.” In Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane (eds.), Whither Opportunity? Rising Inequality, School, and Children's Life Chances. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Kirk, David S. 2010. "Causal Inference via Natural Experiments and Instrumental Variables: The Effect of ‘Knifing Off’ from the Past." In J.M. MacDonald (ed.), Advances in Criminological Theory, (Volume 18), Measuring Crime and Criminality. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.
Restore Rundberg is a neighborhood revitalization initiative in North Austin. This work is funded by a $1 million Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Byrne program is part of President Obama's Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. One component of Restore Rundberg is innovation in evidence-based law enforcement strategies and crime prevention in the Rundberg community.
David Kirk is a research partner to the Restore Rundberg initiative. On this site, Kirk will post research related products from the initiative. Click on the document titles below for more information.