David Showalter

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Research Interests: 
drugs, law, punishment, health, politics, "low culture"
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David Showalter (they/them/their) is a fifth 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, penal psychiatry, reality television, and contemporary American politics. David's dissertation is a comparative ethnographic study of opioid use and overdose in urban and rural areas of northern California. 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 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.