I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science and Department of Sociology at the University of Kentucky. My teaching and research are focused on issues of law and technology, surveillance, and information law and politics, and my primary research interests are in privacy and surveillance (particularly within the contexts of policing and criminal justice), criminal law, and criminal procedure. At UK, I teach courses on Cybercrime (computer crime law), Internet and E-Commerce Regulation (internet law), and Issues in ICT Policy. As of January 2019, I am also Dialogue Editor for Surveillance & Society (the journal of the Surveillance Studies Network).
My recent and on-going projects include research into the adoption of police body-worn cameras, the public disclosure of body camera footage and automated license (number) plate recognition databases, citizen video of police conduct, information seeking and technology use by undocumented/irregular immigrants, and the experiences of undocumented immigrants with, and perceptions of, state and private surveillance along international borders. I have published widely in law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the Indiana Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review (forthcoming), Law & Social Inquiry, New Media & Society, Government Information Quarterly, The Information Society, Surveillance & Society, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Maine Law Review, and Creighton Law Review (among others). I have co-edited two books, Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Space (Routledge, 2019), and Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (Edward Elgar, 2017). I am also currently writing a monograph for The MIT Press, based on my socio-legal research into body-worn camera deployment by multiple American police agencies, and I am also editing a book on police body-worn camera policy and practice for Routledge.
I earned my Ph.D. in Information Science at the University of Washington, where I was affiliated with the Tech Policy Lab, the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab, the Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center, and the Program on Values in Society. I received my Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. I am licensed to practice law in California (currently inactive), and was a 2013 Google Policy Fellow, hosted by CIPPIC at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Ottawa, Ontario). Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, I was a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
I have discussed my research on NPR (All Things Considered) and written about body-worn cameras for Slate. My research has been cited in a variety of academic journals as well as the New York Times Magazine. In 2018, I edited a special symposium section in Law & Social Inquiry on “Visual Data and the Law,” and in 2016, I co-edited a special debate section on police body cameras for Surveillance & Society.
- I am now Dialogue Editor for Surveillance & Society. [01/19]
- I am excited to be jointly appointed (by courtesy) in the UK Department of Sociology. [11/18]
- I co-edited a special symposium section for Law & Social Inquiry (with Sarah Brayne and Karen Levy) on “Visual Data and the Law.” The issue is now live. [11/18]
- My new article, “Context, visibility, and control: Police work and the contested objectivity of bystander video” has just been published by New Media & Society! [7/18]
- My book, Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space (which I co-edited along with Bert-Jaap Koops and Tjerk Timan) has been published by Routledge. The book is part of the new Routledge Studies in Surveillance book series. [7/18]
- I wrote an invited foreword for the newest issue of the European Data Protection Law Review, entitled “Privacy as Antipower: In Pursuit of Non-Domination.” [4/18]
- My new article, The Reasonableness of Remaining Unobserved: A Comparative Analysis of Visual Surveillance and Voyeurism in Criminal Law (with Bert-Jaap Koops, Andrew Roberts, Ivan Škorvánek, and Maša Galič) has been published in Law & Social Inquiry. [1/18]
- My new book, Privacy in Public Space: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (co-edited with Tjerk Timan and Bert-Jaap Koops) is now out in hardback from Edward Elgar as part of the Elgar Law, Technology and Society book series. [11/17]
- I was thrilled to participate in the North Carolina Law Review’s 2017 symposium on police body cameras as well as to help organize a post-symposium workshop with police agency and industry representatives, lawmakers, and academics in Chapel Hill, N.C. [11/17]
- My article, Collateral Visibility: A Socio-Legal Study of Police Body Camera Adoption, Privacy, and Public Disclosure in Washington State, has been published in the Indiana Law Journal! [10/17]