Shawn David Bushway

Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in public policy analysis and political economy, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in mathematics, University of Notre Dame

Overview

Shawn D. Bushway is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a fellow of the American Society of Criminology.  He has published over 70 peer reviewed papers in top journals primarily in three distinct areas: the causal relationship between work and crime, the use of discretion by actors in the criminal justice system, and the process by which people desist from crime. Occasionally, the areas intersect, such as his collection of studies on recidivism over time. This body of work was instigated by legal questions surrounding the appropriate role of criminal history records, particularly old criminal history records, in employment decisions. On the basis of research, Bushway has testified in front of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, worked with advocacy groups for individuals with criminal history records, and consulted with employers seeking to modify their background check processes. Current projects include a study of the impact of principals' suspension decisions on student outcomes, an exploration of the causes of mass incarceration and a comparison of criminal history record checks conducted using different methods.  He holds his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Political Economy from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the American Society of Criminology
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Publications