Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, non-resident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and co-director of the NBER's Working Group on the Economics of Crime.

Ludwig is an economist by training and in 2012 was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. His work on gun policy, reducing crime, and education interventions has shaped urban policy in Chicago and received nationwide news coverage in outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, and on NPR.