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At the heart of my research lies the question how can we create a more effective and equitable government? Combining insights from public management, organizational behavior, and social equity, my work focuses within the context of criminal justice to (a) identify and locate negative and adverse outcomes; (b) understand the causes and consequences of such outcomes; and (c) ultimately, uncover what works to improve outcomes for all while maintaining effectiveness.


I am always interested in finding answers to new and intriguing questions. Below is a brief description of three of my current research projects.

  • Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on First Responders

    • This project identifies the ways in which public health emergencies impact the nature of work and responsibilities for first responders as well as identify ways to mitigate negative psychosocial impacts.

  • Examining the Effectiveness of Police Training on Subsequent Civilian Complaints

    • This ​project assesses how five training types (ethics, use of force, people in crises, stop-and-frisk, and diversity, equity and inclusion) impact future police misconduct, as indicated by civilian complaints. 

  • Investigating Police Use of Force and Political Engagement

    • Using a statewide police use of force dataset, this project examines the unintended and spillover effects of police activity on other important social outcomes, such as voter turnout.

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