David Showalter

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David Showalter

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
drugs, health, crime, law, punishment, politics

My research addresses issues at the intersection of health, law, and politics, particularly drug use and drug policy. My dissertation, "Going Nowhere: The Social Life of Opioids in Backcountry California," is a multisite ethnographic study of opioid use and opioid-related services in several remote counties. 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 serve as President of the Board of Directors for NEED, a harm reduction services organization based in Berkeley. For more information, please visit www.berkeleyneed.org.

Selected publications:

Showalter, David, Lynn D. Wenger, Barrot H. Lambdin, Eliza Wheeler, Ingrid Binswanger, and Alex H. Kral. 2021. “Bridging Institutional Logics: Implementing Naloxone Distribution for People Exiting Jail in Three California Counties.” Social Science & Medicine 285: 114293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114293

Showalter, David. 2020. "Crisis and Policy Change: HIV/AIDS and Syringe Services in California." Mobilization 25(1): 71–92. https://doi.org/10.17813/1086-671X-25-1-71

Showalter, David. 2020. “Steps Toward a Theory of Place Effects on Drug Use: Risk, Marginality, and Opportunity in Small and Remote California Towns.” International Journal of Drug Policy 85: 102629. Special issue on “Rural Risk Environments.” https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.102629

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

PhD Date:
Dissertation Title
Going Nowhere: The Social Life of Opioids in Backcountry California
Dissertation Committee
Loïc Wacquant, Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Christopher Muller, Seth Holmes (Public Health)