Conducting fieldwork at the U.S.-Mexico Border, May 2014.

About Me

Update: My research on police adoption and use of body-worn cameras is cited in a  feature article in the October 23, 2016 issue of the New York Times Magazine (link). A draft of my forthcoming paper referenced in the NY Times piece is available here.

I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), at Tilburg University Law School (The Netherlands). In August 2017, I will start as an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science (iSchool) at the University of Kentucky. My research and teaching focuses on issues of information policy, technology regulationsurveillance, privacypolicingcriminal procedure, criminal law,  access to informationsocial informaticsimmigration, and mixed-methods empirical research. My research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Indiana Law JournalUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Government Information Quarterly, Surveillance & SocietyThe Information SocietyMaine Law Review, Creighton Law Review, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, University of Illinois Journal of Law Technology & Policy, and the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (among others). My on-going project, entitled Policing, Visibility, and Power: Body-Worn Cameras, Citizen Video, and Institutional Transparency in Two American Police Departments is based on a multi-year empirical study of body-worn camera adoption by two municipal police departments in Washington State (USA). The project draws on qualitative fieldwork, interviews, quantitative surveys, and legal research to critically examine how body cameras, citizen (bystander) video, and freedom of information law impact police work, promote police transparency and accountability, and increase the visibility of both police officers and civilians alike. I am also currently co-editing two forthcoming books on issues around privacy in public: Surveillance, Privacy and Public Space (under contract with Routledge) and Privacy in Public Spaces: Conceptual and Regulatory Challenges (under contract with Edward Elgar Publishing).

I earned my Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Information Science at the University of Washington, where I was affiliated with the UW Tech Policy Lab, the Value Sensitive Design Research Lab, the Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center, and the Program on Values in Society (earning a postgraduate certificate in ethics and political philosophy). I also hold a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where I was an Articles Editor at the UC Davis Business Law Journal and submissions committee member and Web Chair of the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy. 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.

I have discussed my research on NPR (All Things Considered) and written about body-worn cameras for SlateI recently co-edited a special debate section on police body cameras in Surveillance & Society, and I have also published chapters in books published by Cambridge University Press and Rowman and Littlefield International.  I have presented (or workshopped) my research at a variety of notable conferences, including the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Law & Society Association (LSA), the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR), the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), the Amsterdam Privacy ConferenceComputers Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP)and the iConference.