David Showalter

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Research Interests: 
drugs, politics, health, law, punishment, "low culture"
Curriculum Vitae: 

I use qualitative methods to address issues at the intersection of health, law, and politics, particularly drug use and drug policy. My dissertation is a multisite, multi-sided ethnographic study of opioid use and services for people who use opioids in California. Topics of my other published research and writing projects include harm reduction services, psychopathy, and reality television. As a Research Associate at RTI International, I am collaborating on a NIH-funded implementation study of overdose prevention services for people exiting incarceration (PI: Alex H. Kral). I hold a MA in sociology from Berkeley and a BA in tutorial studies from the University of Chicago.

In addition to my academic work, I have provided harm reduction services since 2009 in Chicago and California, and currently serve as President of the Board of Directors for Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution (NEED), an all-volunteer harm reduction organization based in Berkeley that has operated since 1990. For more information, please visit www.berkeleyneed.org.

Selected publications:

Showalter, David. Forthcoming. "Epidemics, Crisis, and Policy Change: Spreading Syringe Services in California." Mobilization. Available upon request.

Showalter, David. 2019. “Misdiagnosing Medicalization: Penal Psychopathy and Psychiatric Practice.” Theory and Society 48(1): 67–94. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11186-018-09336-y

Showalter, David. 2018. "Federal Funding for Syringe Exchange in the US: Explaining a Long-Term Policy Failure." International Journal of Drug Policy 55: 95-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.02.006

PhD Date:: 
May, 2020
Dissertation Title: 
Getting Well: Using, Selling, and Quitting Opioids in California
Dissertation Committee: 
Loïc Wacquant (chair), Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Christopher Muller, Seth Holmes (Public Health)