I received my PhD (2016) from the University of Toronto where I split my time between the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. My doctoral dissertation (supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council) specifically examines "police culture" and the impact of various dimensions of change surrounding the occupational landscape of law enforcement, including intensifying mechanisms for oversight, increasing pressure for accountability and transparency, shifting officer demographics, and mounting legislative effort to standardize police service.
I was the recipient of the 2016 Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award from the University of Toronto for my article "Police Culture at Work: Making Sense of Police Oversight", published in the British Journal of Criminology. My work has also been awarded by the Canadian Sociological Association and the American Sociological Association for best paper.
I assisted in the research and development of a two-part series for IDEAS, CBC RADIO ONE, which considers the current status of policing in complex and unsettled times.
Part 1: Policing: To Serve or Protect (episode link: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/policing-to-serve-or-protect-1.4157149)
Part 2: Policing: Old Cops, New Expectations (episode link: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/policing-old-cops-new-expectations-1.4171516)
I am also a Senior Researcher with the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. As a team of justice scholars with a diverse set of skills and areas of expertise, we study justice systems under pressure and support organizations seeking insight.