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.
Anna Harvey is Senior Research Scientist 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.