Richard Berk


  • As reported in Omnia and Penn Today, PSC Associate Richard Berk discusses how existing crime patterns can be used to forecast violent events. His research, conducted with Susan B. Sorenson of the School of Social Policy & Practice, uses a predictive algorithm and a large dataset to anticipate intimate-partner violence. “Ideally the same strategy would work for mass violence,” says Berk.

  • Richard Berk commented in a Wall Street Journal article on the insignificance of a less than 1 percent decrease in violent crime from 2016 to 2017, as reported by the FBI.

  • Richard Berk of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for developing a probation and parole risk-assessment tool for Philadelphia. Read article here.

Chair, Department of Criminology
Professor of Criminology
Professor of Statistics

Ph.D., Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 1970

Recent Publications


  • Session 2 Panel Discussion - The Frontiers of Machine Learning with Richard Berk
  • PSC Spring 2019 Colloquium Series: Richard Berk on a Way to Address Mass Violence Low Base Rates
  • Raymond and Beverly Sackler Forum: Q&A With Richard Berk on Frontiers of Machine Learning