David Mitre Becerril

Assistant Professor

School of Public Policy


Ph.D. in Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, 2023
M.S. in Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2019
B.A. in Economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, 2013
B.A. in Political Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2013

Teaching & Research Interests

Urban crime
Place-based interventions
Neighborhood investments
Applied microeconometrics

David Mitre Becerril

David Mitre Becerril is an Assistant Professor in the UConn School of Public Policy.  David earned his Ph.D. in Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania.  Born and raised in Mexico City, before graduate school, he worked for over five years as a data analyst at the Mexican census bureau’s public safety and justice unit and as an economist at a government research agency. David’s research interests lie in understanding how place-based interventions affect public safety and the role financial incentives play in deterring criminal behavior. Broadly, his research attempts to understand the conditions under which private and public community investments are promising solutions to crime and violence and examine the mechanisms driving such changes. He has written on street lighting, localized urban development, capital investments, bank lending, and the minimum wage, among other topics. His work has appeared in Criminology & Public Policy, has been recognized by the American Society of Criminology (Gene Carte Award), and has been highlighted by news outlets. He has also received the APPAM Equity & Inclusion Student Fellowship.

Last names’ Spanish pronunciation guide: Mitre Becerril (Me·tre Beh·se·reel)

David Mitre Becerril
Contact Information
Phone(959) 200-3847
Fax(860) 246-0334
Curriculum Vitae David Mitre Becerril
Office LocationHartford Times Building, Room 420
CampusHartford Campus
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