I’m passionate about how my research can be used to challenge the existing terms of the gun debate so that we can have a better conversation about our complicated, and perplexing, relationships with firearms–as individuals and as a society. Accordingly, I am dedicated to encouraging a better gun debate in my classroom, in my research, and in the public sphere more broadly



Gun Violence Research is Deeply Underdeveloped but Growing.” In Inside Higher Ed (June 27, 2022).

States Rush to Revamp Laws After Supreme Court’s Gun Ruling.” In The New York Times (June 24, 2022).

Some red state police want gun safety. Will Republicans listen?” In The Boston Globe (June 18, 2022).

How the Police Turned Against Gun Control.” In The Atlantic (June 9, 2022).

Knowing Through Crime: How We Define Gun Harm Shapes How We Research It.” With Rina James in Social Science Space (June 7, 2022).

More Women than Ever Own Guns. Could that Change Gun Law?” in The Washington Post (June 9, 2022).

Texas school shooting: There’s a Name for the Feeling that Nothing You Do Matters.” in USA Today (May 26, 2022).

Free Country.” in Harper’s Magazine (January 17, 2022).

What the killing of Amir Locke says about anti-Blackness and gun ownership in America.” in USA Today (February 11, 2022).

Five Myths About Guns.” in The Washington Post (April 2, 2021).

We’ve Spent Over a Decade Researching Guns in America. This is What We Learned” with Madison Armstrong in The New York Times (March 26, 2021).

The Capitol Riot was about more than guns. But not to the gun-rights faithful” in The Washington Post (January 14, 2021).

We’re Doing the Gun Debate Wrong” in The Stranger (September 28, 2020).

Armed Protesters in America Create Stress Test for Police” in Christian Science Monitor (September 22, 2020).

13 Key Works for Understanding Guns in the USA” in Public Books (March 6, 2018)

In Michigan, Gun Debate and Governor’s Race Collide” in ABC News (February 28, 2018)

Culture War is All That’s Left when Gun Policy Battles Become Pointless” in Reason (February 27, 2018)

Why Both Sides of the Gun Debate Said Devin Kelley Should Not Have Had a Gun” in Christian Science Monitor (November 8, 2017)

26 Resources to Further Your Understanding of Gun Violence in America” in The Trace (October 10, 2017)

Do African Americans Have a Right to Bear Arms?” in The Atlantic (June 21, 2017)