My first book, The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. It provides an account of how contemporary police practices have departed from the basic legal and philosophical tenets of liberalism. My second book, The Police Identity Crisis — Hero, Warrior, Guardian, Algorithm, was published by Routledge in 2021. It examines the police role and identity from within a broader philosophical context, arguing that prominent conceptions of the police are inconsistent with a holistic, collective conception of justice.
I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, where I worked with A. John Simmons. I worked as an FBI Special Agent – both in Charlottesville, VA, and Washington, DC – before making the natural transition to academic philosophy. My first faculty position was at Radford University, where I was the subject of this profile discussing the connections between my work in the FBI and my work in philosophy. Before joining the FBI, I graduated from law school and served as a law clerk for a federal judge.
I live with my wife, a clinical psychologist, and two sons in Tuscaloosa.