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Dr. Richard A. Berk

Professor of Criminology and Statistics, University of Pennsylvania

Richard A. Berk is a professor in the Departments of Statistics and Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a B.A. degree in psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. He was previously a Distinguished Professor of Statistics at UCLA. He has also been on the faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara and Northwestern University. Professor Berk is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He has served on the National Research Council Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics and has been on the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council. He is frequently employed as an expert witness in civil litigation and two cases on which he worked were ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Berk’s interests include a wide range of policy-related matters: detecting violations of environmental regulations, properly allocating prison inmates to different security levels, forecasting which individuals on parole are likely to commit violent crimes, monitoring systems for consumer protection, and the role of race in capital cases. His work in applied statistics includes machine learning, causal inference, methods for evaluating the effectiveness of social programs, and the use of statistics in litigation.


  • PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, 1970
  • BA, Yale University, 1964


Prisoner Releases and the Role of the Courts - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011

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