Richard Berk


  • Richard Berk (PSC Research Associate) was quoted in a New York Times article titled, "An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away."
  • 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.

Chair, Department of Criminology
Professor of Criminology
Professor of Statistics

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

Recent Publications


  • PSC Spring 2019 Colloquium Series: Richard Berk on a Way to Address Mass Violence Low Base Rates
  • Field Center 2018 Seminar Series: Richard Berk on Predictive Analytics
  • National Academy of Sciences: Richard Berk on the Panel Discussion for the Frontiers of Machine Learning (Session 2)