Jeff Mathwig

Jeff (Jeffrey) Mathwig began at the Center in June 2016. He began work on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s research project focusing on homicide and its relationship to food scarcity and hunger. He specializes in crime-mapping technology using ESRI-Arc Map, and QGIS software.

Mathwig’s education includes a bachelor of science degree in both geography and geographic information science (GIS) from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU). While attending MSU, Mathwig was highly involved in various academic affairs. He served as president of the Regional and National Geographic Explorers, was a member of the gamma theta upsilon international geographic honors society, and was winner of the first annual Mankato student film festival student choice award. During the 2016 election, Mathwig was also active with the non-partisan organization Everytown for Gun Safety.

Mathwig’s recent work includes groundbreaking research on the effect of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting on LGBT+ concealed carry rates. This research is available under the research tab in publications. Mathwig’s research interests include police shootings, gun violence prevention, and permit to carry laws. He has attended numerous trainings on homicide investigation and firearm homicide prevention. He is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the American Association of Geographers, and the Homicide Research Working Group.

Mathwig left the Center for Homicide Research as an employee in July 2018 to peruse employment at another nonprofit, but continues to contribute to the Center for Homicide Research as a member of the board of directors.