Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel  Nagin

Daniel Nagin

Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor of Public Policy

  • Hamburg Hall 2105B
  • 412-268-8474
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Daniel S. Nagin is a Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics and since January, 2006 has served as the School’s Associate Dean of Faculty. He received his Ph.D. in 1976 from what is now the Heinz School. He is the incoming editor of Criminology and Public Policy, chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty, and served as Deputy Secretary for Fiscal Policy and Analysis in the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from 1981 to 1986.

Nagin is an elected Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and of the American Society for the Advancement of Science. He is the 2006 recipient of the American Society of Criminology Edwin H Sutherland Award (for research contributions) and is a 1985 recipient of the Northeastern Association of Tax Administrators Award for Excellence in Tax Administration.

Specific Research Interests

His research focuses on the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the life course, the deterrent effect of criminal and non-criminal penalties on illegal behaviors, and the development of statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal data. His work has appeared in such diverse outlets as the American Economic Review, American Sociological Review, Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Journal of Sociology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Criminology, Child Development, Demography, Psychological Methodology, Law & Society Review, Crime and Justice Annual Review, Operations Research, and Stanford Law Review. He is also the author of Group-based Modeling of Development (Harvard University Press, 2005).

Areas of Research