David E. Olson, Ph.D.

David Olson pic Title: Professor, Graduate Program Director 
Office: Lewis Towers 917, WTC 
Phone: 312-915-7563 
E-mail: dolson1@luc.edu 


Personal Information

David Olson is a Full Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago and Director of the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice and Criminology.  He is also a member of the graduate faculty and previously served as the Department Chair and Director of Loyola’s interdisciplinary Forensic Science Program. Dr. Olson is also assigned by Loyola to work part-time for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office as the Research Coordinator for the Office of Reentry Policy.


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. David has served as staff to the Illinois Governor’s Task Force on Crime and Corrections (1992-1993), the Illinois Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice (1994-1996), the Illinois Truth-in-Sentencing Commission (1996-1998), the Illinois Governor’s Community Safety and Prisoner Re-Entry Management Workgroup/Commission (2004-2006), and the Illinois Capital Punishment Reform Study Committee (2007-2010), and was recently appointed by the Illinois Governor to separate 5 year terms on the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the Illinois Department of Corrections Advisory Boards. Dr. Olson 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, during his 24 years in the field of criminal justice.


Dr. Olson has published more than 100 articles, research bulletins and research reports, and has made more than 100 presentations at professional conferences and training symposia. Some of David’s most recent research has been published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology, Widener Law Journal, The Journal of Law and Economics, and Justice Research and Policy. 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.


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