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I am a postdoctoral fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. I received my PhD in Political Science from Yale University in 2023. I study race and politics in the United States, with particular focus on policing and religion. I am working on a book project on the response of Black faith communities to race and policing in the United States. This project, which began as my dissertation, draws on interviews, focus groups, participant observation, quantitative analysis, and historical-archival research. I have also written on the historical development of policing, the effects of college-in-prison, and COVID-19 in detention centers and prisons. My current work includes a project on housing inequality and responses to it, and a project on congregations and other Christian ministries in the United States (with Hahrie Han).

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