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. 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. 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