Academic Research and Teaching

As a researcher, I am generally interested in change – how reform happens and how it is affected by social, cultural, political, and legal factors. Specifically, I focus on public opinion and policies related to criminal justice and the legal system.

Much of my work addresses issues related to wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice.  I am also interested in criminal admissions – when suspects or defendants are encouraged to admit their guilt, whether during a police interrogation or through plea bargaining. Other recent research interests include public attitudes toward law enforcement and laws targeting the homeless and their advocates. 

My teaching approach generally blends lecture and discussion to encourage critical thinking and effective communication of ideas. I have taught classes about the criminal justice system, courts, punishment, criminal procedural law, and wrongful convictions. 

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