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David Kirk

Faculty Research Associate Ph.D., University of Chicago

Associate Professor of Sociology
David Kirk



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 ReviewCriminology, and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.



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