David Olson is a Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago, and is also the Co-Director of Loyola’s interdisciplinary Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Olson worked at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was the director of Illinois’ Statewide Drug and Violent Crime Control Strategy Impact Evaluation Program and was responsible for overseeing the evaluation and monitoring of federally funded drug control efforts in the State of Illinois. During his 30+ years in the field of criminal justice, David has worked with a variety of federal, state and local agencies to develop and evaluate programs and policies, particularly in the area of community and institutional corrections, and to support objective, empirically-based and data-driven strategic planning efforts.
Dr. Olson received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago, his M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science/Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the recipient of the Assistant United States Attorney General’s Graduate Research Fellowship.
Host Dan Loney is joined by Chris McGreal (Reporter, Author, the Guardian), Jiekun Huang (Associate Professor of Finance, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois), Robert Zarazowski (Managing Director, Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS)), David Abrams (Professor of Law, Business Economics and Public Policy , Penn Law), David Olson (Professor, Loyola University Chicago), William Carbone (Professor of Criminal Justice, University of New Haven), and Jeffrey Brown Ph.D. (Dean and Professor of Business, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois) on the Thursday, December 20, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.