Welcome to this very first post on my blog!
As with other similar endeavours, the goal of this enterprise is primarily self-serving. I am soon entering the final year of my PhD, and thought that starting a blog would help me to focus my mind on the work I have done in the last couple of years. Generally speaking, I am doing research on policing, or more precisely, how people perceive the police. In addition, I am also fascinated by advanced quantitative methods, and applying those to my datasets. In particular, I’ve been using various causal mediation analysis techniques to test the causal hypotheses posited in the procedural justice literature.
You should expect to find posts on theoretical questions regarding policing, as well as examples of how to run certain analyses and interpret the results from them. My next post will give an outline of my PhD’s research agenda, but until then let me welcome you with this excerpt from one of my favourite author’s book, Dante Alighieri’s La Vita Nuova:
“In that part of the book of my memory,
Before which is little that can be read,
There is a rubric, saying, ‘Incipit Vita Nova’. (Here beginneth the new life.)”