Dr. Nancy La Vigne is director of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. La Vigne is a widely published researcher on the topics of prisoner reentry, evaluation of criminal justice technologies, crime prevention, policing, and the spatial analysis of crime and criminal behavior. Her work appears in a variety of scholarly journals and practitioner publications, and has made her a sought after spokesperson on a range of related subjects. Before being appointed as director in 2009, La Vigne served for eight years as a senior research associate at Urban, directing groundbreaking research on prisoner reentry. Prior to joining Urban, La Vigne was the founding director of the Crime Mapping Research Center at the National Institute of Justice, the research, technology, and evaluation arm of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). She has also held positions as research director for the Texas sentencing commission, research fellow at the Police Executive Research Forum, and consultant to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. La Vigne holds a PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, a MA in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas-Austin, and a BA in Government and Economics from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.