David Showalter

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

I'm a sixth year graduate student in sociology. My research uses qualitative methods to address issues at the intersection of health, law, politics, and culture, including drug use and drug policy, punishment, reality television, and contemporary American politics. My dissertation is a multisite, multi-sided ethnographic study of opioid use and services for people who use opioids in California. As a Research Associate at RTI International, I am collaborating on a NIH-funded implementation study of overdose prevention services for people exiting incarceration. 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.

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