John Roman

Senior Fellow at NORC, University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Death penalty
  • Economics of crime
  • Crime control policies


John Roman, Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, is an expert in innovative crime control policies and justice programs.

Roman directs several studies funded by the National Institute of Justice, including randomized trials of using DNA in motor vehicle thefts and burglary investigations, a study investigating why forensic evidence is rarely used by law enforcement to identify unknown offenders and a study on wrongful conviction. He adapts social impact bonds to public safety reform efforts for the Bureau of Justice Assistance and evaluates the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Roman is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and an affiliated professor at Georgetown University.

He has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals and is the coeditor of Cost-Benefit Analysis and Crime Control and Juvenile Drug Courts and Teen Substance Abuse.

Roman received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, M.P.P. from the University of Michigan and B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College.

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