University of Michigan

DAVID THACHER

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning

David received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. His work aims to develop and apply a morally engaged approach to policy research that draws from the humanities as well as the social sciences. Most of his research focuses on criminal justice policy, where he examines the historical and philosophical roots of contemporary policy dilemmas. He has also done research and teaching on public management, urban public space, low-income housing policy, and professional ethics.

Curriculum Vita

Writings about order maintenance policing:

Don’t End Broken Windows Policing, Fix It”, The Marshall Project, September 9, 2015

"Olmsted's Police", Law and History Review, Volume 33 (August 2015), pp. 577 -620

"Perils of Value Neutrality", Research in the Sociology of Organizations, vol. 44 (2015), pp. 317-352

"Order Maintenance Policing", in ed. Michael Reisig and Robert Kane. The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2014), pp. 122-47.

"Community Policing Without the Police? The Limits of Order Maintenance by the Community", in ed. Peter Grabosky, Community Policing and Peacekeeping (London: Taylor and Francis, 2009)

Is Broken Windows Policing Broken?”, Legal Affairs Debate Club, June/August 2005 (with Bernard Harcourt)

"Order Maintenance Reconsidered: Moving Beyond Strong Causal Reasoning", Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Winter 2004

Work about community policing:

“The Local Role in Homeland Security”Law and Society Review, September 2005

“Interorganizational Partnerships as Inchoate Hierarchies: A Case Study of the Community Security Initiative”Administration and Society, March 2004

"Conflicting Values in Community Policing", Law and Society Review, vol. 35, 
no. 4 (2001), pp. 765-798

"Equity and Community Policing: A New View of Community Partnerships", Criminal Justice Ethics, vol. 20, No. 1 (Winter/Spring, 2001), pp. 4-16.

Work about the moral role of social research:

"The Perrception of Value: Adam Smith on the Moral Role of Social Research", European Journal of Social Theory, forthcoming

"Cognitive Foundations of Humanistic Governance", International Public Management Journal, vol. 12, No. 2 (June 2009), pp. 261-85.

"Research for the Front Lines", Policing and Society, vol. 18, No. 1 (March 2008), pp. 46-59.

"The Normative Case Study", American Journal of Sociology, vol. 111, no. 6 (May 2006), pp. 1631–76.

“The Casuistical Turn in Planning Ethics: Lessons from Law and Medicine”Journal of Planning Education and Research, Spring 2004

 "Policing is Not a Treatment: Alternatives to the Medical Model of Police Research", Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, vol. 38, no. 4 (November 2001), pp. 387-415.

Work on inequality in crime and justice:

"The Distribution of Police Protection", The Journal of Quantitative Criminology, vol. 27 (2011)
  
“The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Robbed: Inequality in U.S. Criminal Victimization, 1974-2000”The Journal of Quantitative Criminology, June, 2004

From Racial Profiling to Racial Equality: Rethinking Equity in Police Stops and Searches”, Working Paper, Ford School of Public Policy, August 2002.

A couple of miscellaneous pieces:

“Managing Value Conflict in Public Policy” (with Martin Rein), Governance, October 2004

 “The Rise of Criminal Background Screening in Rental Housing”Law and Social Inquiry, March 2008

"The Professional Association's Role", Cities, vol. 32 (June 2013)