David Levinson's current research focuses on understanding the process of network growth, evaluating transportation technology and policy, and modeling travel behavior. He teaches courses in Transportation Policy, Planning, and Deployment, Transportation Systems Analysis, Transportation and Land Use, Transportation Economics, and Transportation Engineering. He is the director of the Nexus research group, exploring issues related to networks, economics, and urban systems, and is a co-leader of the interdisciplinary Access to Destinations Study, coordinated by CTS.
Levinson earned a Ph.D. in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. His dissertation, "On Whom the Toll Falls", focuses on local decision making for the financing and management of roads. Before joining the University of Minnesota, he worked as a transportation planner, developing integrated transportation/land-use models used in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was awarded the 1995 Tiebout Prize in Regional Science.