David Showalter

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drugs, law, punishment, health, politics, "low culture"
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David Showalter is a sixth year graduate student in sociology. David's research focuses on issues at the intersection of health, law, politics, and culture, including drug use and drug policy, punishment, reality television, and contemporary American politics. David's dissertation is a multisite ethnographic study examining the influence of place–the combination of physical, social, and symbolic space–on opioid use and services for people who use opioids. As a Research Associate in RTI International's Behavioral and Urban Health Program, David is collaborating 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), an all-volunteer organization based in Berkeley that has provided harm reduction services to people who use drugs since 1990.

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