I have spent nearly ten years as a police officer. I completed a PhD, in Sociology, at the University of California – Berkeley. My sociological interests have been the body, use-of-force, organizations, phenomenology, and social theory. I am a committed ethnographer and have conducted two long term ethnographies. More recently I have engaged in a variety of experimental research looking at the cognitive and perceptual dimension of police decision making. I have also worked on numerous computer vision projects aimed at building data driven models of social understanding.
I spent a two year tour of duty as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a Defense Department agency, directing the Strategic Social Interaction Modules (SSIM) program, before returning to my chosen career of law enforcement.
My colleague Jonthan Wender and I also founded a research and technology start up, Polis Solutions, Inc. Polis is a socially centered research, design, and engineering firm that has become a national leader and Bureau of Justice Assistance national training provider for de-escalation training as part of the VALOR program.
I am currently living and working in the East Bay as a Police Officer.