Leadership & Staff
Barry Friedman is the Director of the Policing Project. As the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics at NYU School of Law, he is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. Friedman serves as the reporter for the American Law Institute’s new Principles of the Law, Police Investigations. For 30 years, he has taught, written about, and litigated issues of constitutional law and criminal procedure. He now teaches Democratic Policing, Criminal Procedure, and an externship course in conjunction with the Policing Project. He has written numerous articles in scholarly journals including “Democratic Policing,” N. Y. U. L. Rev. (2015) (with Maria Ponomarenko), “Redefining What’s Reasonable: Protections for Policing,” Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (2015) (with Cynthia Benin), and “Taking Warrants Seriously,” 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 4 (2012) (with Oren Bar-Gill). He also is quoted and his work appears in the popular media, including the New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post, Politico and the New Republic. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and the forthcoming book on policing and the Constitution, Unwarranted: Policing without Permission (February 2017). Friedman graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
Maria Ponomarenko ’14 is a Deputy Director of the Policing Project, and a co-teacher for the Democratic Policing seminar and Policing Project Externship. Ponomarenko graduated summa cum laude from NYU Law. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Richard A. Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ponomarenko holds a BA in history and economics and an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in history from Stanford University. Her dissertation, “The Department of Justice and the Limits of the New Deal State,” explored issues of federalism and institutional capacity in the New Deal and World War II years, with a focus on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s relationship with state and local police. Ponomarenko writes in the areas of constitutional law and criminal procedure; she is currently working on an article on police accountability in local communities. She is the author (with Barry Friedman) of “Democratic Policing,” N.Y.U. L. Rev. (2015).
Anna Harvey is Chief Science Officer with the Policing Project and Professor of Politics in NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Science. She has extensive leadership experience within the university, having served as Chair of the Department of Politics and as Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Science. She is an applied data scientist by training, and has worked on a variety of data-intensive projects. Some of her more recent projects include analyzing the impact of discrimination in public accommodations, evaluating the effects of changes in campaign finance statutes, and predicting the adoption of a particular form of judicial review. In A Mere Machine: The Supreme Court, Congress, and American Democracy (Yale University Press, 2013), she reported evidence indicating that, even in constitutional cases, the U.S. Supreme Court defers to congressional preferences. In Votes without Leverage: Women in American Electoral Politics, 1920-1970 (Cambridge University Press, Series on the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions, 1998), she investigated the competition to mobilize women’s votes after constitutional female suffrage. She is also the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles. More detailed descriptions of her work, as well as downloadable papers and articles, may be found on her website. Professor Harvey graduated summa cum laude from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University and received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.
Farhang Heydari is a Deputy Director of the Policing Project. Prior to joining the Policing Project, Heydari was a Cochran fellow and then an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a civil rights law firm with a national practice. At NSB, Heydari focused on representing individuals who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes and other victims of police and prosecutorial misconduct. Prior to joining NSB, Heydari clerked for the Honorable Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Heydari has been a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School since 2015, working primarily with the Consequences of Mass Incarceration Clinic, the same clinic that Heydari was a part of as a law student. Heydari is a 2011 graduate of Columbia Law School, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review and the director of the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Brian Chen is a Senior Program Manager. Before joining the Policing Project, Chen worked at the Mayor’s Office in New Orleans, where he managed citywide strategies to promote public safety and economic opportunity. Before that, he was a Litigation Associate at the law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he monitored a U.S. police department under a federal consent decree. Chen earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Rosemary Nidiry is a Consultant for the Policing Project. She has extensive experience in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, including a long career as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of federal criminal matters. She was also a Director of Criminal Justice at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation where she worked on a number of criminal justice policy reform issues, including overseeing the policing and forensics portfolios. From 2009 to 2011, she served on the staff of the President’s Special Task Force on Detainee Disposition and later as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was involved in a number of different national security and counter-terrorism policy initiatives. She also was a senior investigator for an international investigation commission, established by the UN Security Council, to conduct the initial phases of an inquiry into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to joining the US Attorney’s Office in 2001, she was an Attorney-Adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department. Nidiry clerked for Judge Robert P. Patterson of the US District Court in Manhattan and Judge Carlos F. Lucero of the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University Law School.
Jamelia Morgan is a Research Fellow at the Policing Project. Morgan is a civil rights litigator working to improve prison conditions and end the use of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania state prisons. She is the former Arthur Liman Fellow at the ACLU National Prison Project (NPP). At NPP, Morgan worked on the ACLU’s Stop Solitary campaign seeking to end the practice of long-term isolation in our nation’s prisons, jails, and juvenile detention centers through public policy reform, legislation, litigation, and public education. Morgan is the author of a 2017 ACLU report titled Caged In: Solitary Confinement’s Devastating Harms on Prisoners with Physical Disabilities. She is a 2013 graduate of Yale Law School, where she was an active member of the Criminal Defense Project and the Detention and Human Rights Clinic. During her summers in law school, Morgan interned at the ACLU of Mississippi, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff and Abady, where she worked on employment discrimination, voting rights, and police misconduct cases. Prior to law school, Morgan served as Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum, a social justice think tank that works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to affirmative action, structural racism, and gender inequality. Morgan is a 2006 graduate of Stanford University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Master of Arts degree in Sociology.
Nicole Bernardo is the Administrative Aide to Barry Friedman at NYU School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from New York University’s College of Arts & Science in 2017. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature with a double minor in Cinema Studies and Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology.
Claire Duleba is the Administrator of the Policing Project. She graduated from Christie’s Education in New York with an MA in Art History in December 2015, and also holds a BA in Art History and Anthropology from NYU College of Arts and Sciences.
Robert Wasserman is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Policing Project, and is a lifelong and internationally-recognized expert in law enforcement affairs and community relations. He previously served as a Senior Advisor on International Law Enforcement for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the U. S. Department of State and served as Chief of Staff of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and was sent to Bosnia following the war, as both Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Acting Commissioner of the United Nations International Police Task Force. He has had an extensive career in law enforcement, having served as a senior executive in several large American police agencies, including Dayton, Boston and Houston. During the course of his career, he has been the initiator or at the forefront of a number of seminal policing initiatives, including 311 and differential police response, police performance management(CompStat), neighborhood-oriented policing, the Kansas City Patrol Experiments, Dayton Team Policing, the San Diego Beat Profiling initiative, the Boston Community Disorders strategy and the Police Recruit Training Year. Mr. Wasserman did his undergraduate work in sociology at Antioch College and his graduate work in Police Administration at Michigan State University.
Sunshine Hillygus is a Consultant at the Policing Project, and professor of political science and public policy at Duke University as well as the director of the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology (DISM). Her research and teaching specialties include survey methodology, public opinion, and American elections. She is co-author of The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) and The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns (Princeton University Press, 2008). Prof. Hillygus serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the U.S. Census Bureau, the board of the American National Election Studies, and the editorial board of several leading academic journals. She holds a PhD from Stanford University and a BA from the University of Arkansas.