Jens Ludwig
McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy


  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Poverty

Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation professor of social service administration, law, and public policy in the School of Social Service Administration and Chicago Harris, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and co-director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab. He is also a non-resident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-director of NBER’s working group on the economics of crime. His research focuses on social policy, particularly in the areas of urban poverty, crime, and education, and has been published in leading scientific journals across a range of disciplines. His co-authored article on race, peer norms, and education with Philip Cook was awarded the Vernon Prize for best article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He is also co-author of “Gun Violence: The Real Costs,” co-editor of “Evaluating Gun Policy,” and co-editor of “Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs.” Previously, Ludwig was a professor of public policy at Georgetown University.