ABOUT ME

During the first part of my career, I did what most research faculty members do: put my head down, worked on my projects, and wrote papers. I've worked in some of the the best criminology and justice programs in the country and have been tenured at three major research institutions. Since taking on the role of Department Head, I have had the opportunity to examine the collective field of Criminology and Justice from a much broader perspective than ever before. And while I still enjoy conducting research, I derive great professional fulfillment from working with great colleagues on the creation of academic programming that emphasizes criminological theory, crime science, problem-solving, community-based learning, and international education. When refining and developing our curricula, I am driven by one simple question: What kind of academic experience would I want for my own kids? So far, so good, I think. 

THESE DAYS I'm a sourdough baking, kayak paddling, beer brewing crime and justice scholar who's become increasingly interested in sharing my perspectives on police authority and accountability in a public forum that allows me to add context to the data in ways that might hopefully explain some of the things we see in American policing, and perhaps more importantly, how we might change some of those things to make policing better.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Police Authority and Accountability

Social Ecology of Crime

EDUCATION

Ph.D.

Temple University

Criminal Justice

M.S.

California State University, Sacramento

Criminal Justice

Violence and Urban Health

Police Tactics and Urban Health Behaviors

B.S.

California State University, Sacramento

Criminal Justice