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Christopher Koper, Ph.D.

Principal CEBCP Fellow

Dr. Christopher S. Koper is a Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University and the Principal Fellow of George Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.  Dr. Koper has more than 30 years of experience studying crime and justice issues at George Mason, the Police Executive Research Forum, the University of Pennsylvania, the Urban Institute, the RAND Corporation, the Police Foundation, and other organizations.  He has written extensively on issues related to policing, firearms, federal crime prevention efforts, research methods, and other topics.  Dr. Koper has served as a lead or senior-level investigator on numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Justice and other funders, and as a consultant to the attorney generals and city attorneys of several states and localities. Some of his most prominent works include: studies of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban; the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix tool for policy translation of research on police crime control strategies (; and the “Koper curve” principle of hot spots patrol, which is used by many police agencies in the United States and abroad. Dr. Koper is a fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, co-editor of Criminology & Public Policy (the policy research journal of the American Society of Criminology), co-author of the award-winning book, Evidence-Based Policing: Translating Research into Practice, and a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Division of Policing of the American Society of Criminology. In 2023, he received George Mason University’s Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Social Impact.