Professional Experience


Associate Professor

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska Omaha

Aug 2020 – Present Omaha, NE

Assistant Professor

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Nebraska Omaha

Aug 2017 – Jul 2020 Omaha, NE

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice
University of Louisville

Aug 2015 – Jul 2017 Louisville, KY

Recent Blog Posts

Much is being made about an apparent increase in the use of deadly force by U.S. police officers. In January, The Guardian ran a story …

A few days ago Andy Wheeler posted about career outcomes for people who earned their PhD in Criminal Justice from SUNY Albany between …

About 2 years ago I posted about my peer review “stats” and how I typically approach the review process. Today, I decided …

Recent Publications

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We examine whether police resignations and retirements significantly changed in the two years following public backlash related to the …

Would police racial and gender diversification reduce Black Americans’ fear of the police? The theory of representative …

Policing scholars frequently use surveys to understand officer attitudes and behavioral intentions. Yet, it is difficult to gain access …

Recent Talks

We discuss police killings, legitimacy, and the “war on cops.”

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Click on the links below to view course syllabi and other materials.

  • CRCJ 2030 - Police & Society
    • This undergraduate course is designed to explore the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. The values of a democratic society as they affect the law enforcement role are discussed.
  • CRCJ 8040 - Police & Society
    • This graduate course pushes students to think critically about the role of policing in U.S. society. For PhD students, this class will help prepare for the SCCJ Systems Comprehensive Exam.

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Honors & Awards

2021 Outstanding Young Experimental Criminologist

The Annual Young Experimental Scholar Award recognizes exceptional early career scholarship.

2020 Early Career Award

The Early Career Award recognizes outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of policing by someone who has received his or her Ph.D. degree within the last five years.

2019 Outstanding Paper Award for Journal of Crime and Justice

For my paper with Brandon Tregle and Geoff Alpert, Disparity does not mean bias: Making sense of observed racial disparities in fatal officer-involved shootings with multiple benchmarks

LEADS Academic

The Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Academics program (currently in pilot) offers a unique opportunity for early-career academics to engage with NIJ LEADS Scholars, all of whom are mid-career police officers dedicated to advancing the police profession through science.

2017 Outstanding Reviewer for Policing: An International Journal

The editor and Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) of each journal select a winner of the ‘Outstanding Reviewer Award’ from the previous year’s volume, based on timeliness, quality, and depth of reviews provided.
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