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Abdul Nasser Rad

DPhil in Sociology

My research is situated on the intersection of sociology, comparative politics, and criminology where I explore the political sociology of developing equitable justice systems. My doctoral studies are supported by the Clarendon Scholarship. My research broadly aims to understand police protectionism and police violence in America. Specifically, it explores how police union mechanisms reinforce racial orders by combating accountability and sustaining cultures which insulate both police forces and their practices from the broader dynamics of equity. My academic research has been published in American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings and the Annual Review of Criminology

Currently, I lead research and data for Campaign Zero, an organization focused on ending police violence in the US. Previously, I was at the NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice where I led research and data efforts for the NYC Police Reform and Reinvention Implementation Taskforce and the NYC Office of Neighborhood Safety. Also, I worked as an applied researcher at the Vera Institute of Justice where I examined enforcement trends (funded by Microsoft), 911/emergency response (funded by Arnold Ventures), law enforcement agency evaluations (funded by Open Society Foundations), and provided technical assistance to law enforcement agencies/local municpalities on developing more comprehensive preformance metrics around public safety (funded by US Department of Justice/Ford Foundation/MacArthur Foundation). 

My research and commentary has been cited in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vox, and other news outlets. In 2022, I was elected as a member of the Council on Criminal Justice. I hold an MPhil from the University of Oxford and a BA from Hunter College (City University of New York). 

Abdul Nasser Rad