April 24, 2018
My intellectual journey as a graduate student has taken a few twists and turns since I arrived in Ann Arbor, but one particular turn stands out as the definitive inflection point, permanently altering my research agenda and career trajectory. In December 2015, I began a research fellowship with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC, where I managed a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the department’s new body-worn camera (BWC) program. At the time, my dissertation focused on the long-term implications of severe state repression on citizens’ trust in state institutions. As a student of world politics, I naturally planned to engage in a combination of cross-national analyses and fieldwork abroad, in Nepal and Colombia.
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