Crime & Justice Policy

Mark Berg

  • Director, Crime and Justice Policy Research Program
  • Senior Research Fellow in Residence
  • Summer Scholar in Residence
  • Professor and Collegiate Scholar, Department of Sociology and Criminology

Biography

Professor Mark Berg’s primary research and teaching interests include criminology and the social determinants of health. His recent research examines interpersonal disputes, the developmental pathways of antisocial behavior, and the life-course determinants of physical health and well-being. He was received funding from the National Institute of Justice (US Department of Justice) to collect original data on the social psychology of interpersonal disputes.  Professor Berg’s research on the social determinants of aging and cardiovascular disease has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control. His current research on the geographic scope of opioid mortality trends is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition, Professor Berg was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to assess resilience and vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Berg is the Director of the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Injury Prevention Research Center in the College of Public Health. Professor Berg was awarded the distinction of Collegiate Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Educational Background

  • PhD, Criminology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2009
  • MS, Sociology, Iowa State University, 2005