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I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University. I study race and politics in the United States, with particular focus on policing and religion. Drawing on interviews, focus groups, participant observation, quantitative analysis, and historical-archival research, my dissertation, “The Fragmented Gateway to Collective Repentance: Race, Policing, and the Black Church in America,” examines the response of Black faith communities to race and policing in America. I have also written on the historical development of policing, the effects of college-in-prison, and COVID-19 in detention centers and prisons.

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