Crime & Justice Policy

Mark Berg

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


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 has received funding from the National Institute of Justice (US Department of Justice) to collect original data on the social psychology of interpersonal disputes.  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, Berg was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to assess resilience and vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic. Berg also serves on the Executive Committee of the Injury Prevention Research Center in the College of Public Health.

Educational Background

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