I am a Brooklyn based political scientist and statistician who studies urban politics and the criminal justice system. I am currently a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Policing Equity, where I work with police departments across the United States on empirical analyses designed to identify and correct racial disparities in police contact and use of force. Starting in July of 2019, I will begin as an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto.
My research interests include criminal justice reform, urban politics, and statistical methodologies, with a particular emphasis on spatial statistics. I am currently working on a series of projects that explore police use of force against the homeless and individuals with serious mental illness, the effect gentrification on eviction rates in large urban areas, and the effect of police violence on political behavior.
In other projects, I have explored the relationship between gentrification and discriminatory policing practices, the effect of Stop and Frisk policing on voter turnout and candidate choice in New York City, and the political significance of a related type of policing in the United Kingdom, so called “Stop and Search” policing. I am also interested in comparing the attitudes, experiences, and politics of Afro-descendant people across national contexts and have done so here.