David Showalter

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drugs, law, punishment, health, politics, "low culture"
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David Showalter (they/them/their) is a fourth year graduate student in sociology. David studies drug use and drug policy, among other topics, and is currently preparing articles on syringe exchange programs, penal psychopathy, reality television, and contemporary American politics. David's dissertation is a comparative mixed-methods study of opioid use and overdose in urban and rural areas of California. As a Research Associate in RTI International's Behavioral and Urban Health Program, David also collaborates on a NIH-funded implementation study of overdose prevention services for people exiting incarceration. David holds a MA in sociology from Berkeley and a BA in tutorial studies from the University of Chicago.

David also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Needle Exchange Emergency Distribution. NEED has provided low-threshold harm reduction services to people who use drugs in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990. Visit http://berkeleyneed.org/ for more information.