About the author (Jacob Kaplan)

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. I have a PhD and a master’s degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento. My research focuses on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), specifically on the effect of outdoor lighting on crime. I am the author of several R packages that make it easier to work with data, including fastDummies and asciiSetupReader. My website allows easy analysis of crime-related data and I 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.

For a list of papers I have written (including working papers), please see here.

For a list of data sets I have cleaned, aggregated, and made public, please see here.

For a list of R packages I have created, please see here.