David Karp (he/him)

Get to know a little about David Karp, one of the core team members of the National Center on Restorative Justice!

What is your work at the National Center on Restorative Justice?

I am one of the Co-Principal Investigators of the NCORJ.

What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had working in restorative justice so far?

Developing advanced training and education curriculum

What do you think is the biggest misconception about restorative justice, and how do you address it in your work?

It’s weak on accountability and we try to make the methods transparent so accountability is evident

How would you describe restorative justice in five words or less?

Nonadversarial response to harm and accountability

David Karp is Professor of Leadership and Director of the Center for Restorative Justice in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. His current scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. For his work on campus restorative justice, he was the recipient of the 2019 Leadership and Innovation Award from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice and the 2011 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty and The Community Justice Ideal. David is co-principal investigator for the National Center on Restorative Justice. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College. David received a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington.