Book: My first book, The Retrieval of Liberalism in Policing, was recently published by Oxford University Press. I’m currently working on a new book project that examines philosophical questions about various conceptions of the police role.
Research interests: My primary research interests are at the intersection of political philosophy, criminal law/procedure, and jurisprudence; I am especially interested in criminal investigation and the moral limits of policing. My work has appeared in (or will appear in) Law and Philosophy, Ratio Juris, Human Rights Quarterly, the Tennessee Law Review, Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought, Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Intellectual History Review.
- Areas of Specialization: Political Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law and Procedure (Applied Ethics)
- Areas of Competence: Constitutional Law and National Security Law (Applied Ethics), History of Philosophy
“The Possible World Defense: Why Our Current Legal Thinking about Entrapment is Philosophically Suspect,” American Philosophical Association blog. Essay on philosophical problems with police stings (drawing from Chapter 5 of my book).
“Ice Cube and the philosophical foundations of community policing,” Oxford University Press blog. Essay on police legitimacy, public reason, and community policing.
“Liberalism and Policing: The State We’re In,” In the Long Run (University of Cambridge website). Short article on the state of policing in liberal societies (and a bird’s-eye view of my book), discussing how executive discretionary power has grown to such a degree that it has trended toward illiberal practices and policies.
“Informants, Police, and Unconscionability,” Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI). Essay exploring the extent to which certain agreements between the police and informants are an affront (both procedurally and substantively) to basic tenets of the liberal tradition in legal and political philosophy (drawing from Chapter 4 of my book).
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Dignity in Policing,” Virginia Criminal Justice Bulletin (Radford University online journal). This essay sketches various conceptions of dignity and how those conceptions might be relevant to police brutality and legal rights (drawing upon Chapter 1 of my book).
“Are ‘Orders’ From the Tweeter-in-Chief Legally Enforceable?” The Crime Report (CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice website). Op-Ed on presidential law enforcement power and the rule of law.
Interviews and Commentary:
I was a guest on a recent episode of the Slate podcast, Hi-Phi Nation, discussing informants and the rule of law.
Here is a wide-ranging interview/podcast — about my time as an FBI Special Agent and my research on the scope of police power — on the Prairie Public radio show, Why? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life.
This piece, Why ‘Liberal’ Policing Shouldn’t be a Contradiction in Terms, is a Q&A about how my book relates to current issues in criminal justice; it was printed in the CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s The Crime Report.
Here is a brief TV interview about my book on an area morning show, Good Day Virginia.
And the American Philosophical Association interviewed me here.
I provide legal and policy commentary to various media outlets from time to time, and here are recent radio interviews with NPR’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle:
On the FBI, the Constitution, and the rule of law (interview beginning at 11:00″)
On FBI investigative standards and practices (interview beginning at 20:30″)