About the author

Jacob Kaplan is a PhD candidate in criminology at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento. His research focuses on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), specifically on the effect of outdoor lighting on crime. He is the author of several R packages that make it easier to work with data, including fastDummies and asciiSetupReader. His website Crime Data Tool allows easy analysis of crime-related data and he has released over a dozen crime data sets (primarily FBI UCR data) on openICPSR that he has compiled, cleaned, and made available to the public. He is currently on the job market.

For a list of papers he has written (including working papers), please see here.

For a list of data sets he has cleaned, aggregated, and make public, please see here.