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.