2015-10-06

ICPSR welcomes new National Archive of Criminal Justice Data director

NACJD Director Jukka Savolainen
Jukka Savolainen recently joined ICPSR as Director of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). Savolainen was previously a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  He has a doctorate in sociology and extensive experience in both universities and criminal justice research agencies.  His research uses a life course approach to study the development of delinquency and criminal behavior, and he is particularly interested in cross-national comparisons.

In addition to his academic career, he has held senior-level positions at criminal justice policy institutes in New York and his native Finland. Savolainen has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, most of which examine causes of crime, violence, or delinquency. Examples of this work include studies of the effects of alcohol on violent offending and the role of employment in desistance from crime. His research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Norwegian Research Council, among other sources. Savolainen is an active member of the American Society of Criminology, and he serves on the editorial boards of multiple international journals, including Homicide Studies and the International Criminal Justice Review.