Our Team

Biographies and Contact Information


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.

You can contact Barry at barry.friedman@nyu.edu

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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).

You can contact Maria at maria.ponomarenko@nyu.edu

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Farhang Heydari is a Deputy Director of the Policing Project and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School focusing on criminal justice and civil rights coursework. Prior to joining the Policing Project, Heydari was a Johnnie L. Cochran fellow and then an associate at Neufeld, Scheck & Brustin, LLP, a civil rights law firm with a nationwide practice. At NSB, Heydari focused on representing individuals who have been victims of official 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 is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School, where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review and director of the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

You can contact Farhang at farhang.heydari@nyu.edu

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Ariele Le Grand is a Senior Program Manager of the Policing Project. She is a licensed social worker with a depth of experience in community engagement, facilitation and program development. Prior to joining the Policing Project, Le Grand worked at the Clinton Foundation, where she managed national programs to promote behavioral health and opioid abuse prevention. Before that, she worked with National Development & Research Institutes, where she developed trainings and research tools for a study exploring harm reduction approaches among injection drug users. Le Grand is a past fellow of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. She has years of experience developing strategy with community based organizations striving to deepen their social impact.
Le Grand is an alumna of Spelman College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She holds Master's degrees in Social Anthropology and Social Work from the University of Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania respectively.

You can contact Ariele at ariele.legrand@nyu.edu

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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.

You can contact Brian at brianjchen@nyu.edu

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Katie Kinsey is a Program Manager for the Policing Project. Before joining the Policing Project, Kinsey clerked for the Honorable Mark P. Lane of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Kinsey graduated cum laude from the University of Texas School of Law, where she served as a Notes Editor of the Texas Law Review. Prior to law school, Kinsey taught middle school math and special education through the New York City Teaching Fellows program. Kinsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Master’s of Science in Special Education from Brooklyn College.

You can contact Katie at katie.kinsey@nyu.edu

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Matthew Barge is a Consultant for the Policing Project.  He is also Co-Executive Director of the Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC), a non-profit organization based in New York City that advances effective and accountable policing.  Mr. Barge is the federal court-appointed monitor of a consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and City of Cleveland addressing the Cleveland Division of Police.  The decree addresses use of force, community policing, discriminatory policing, and other operational issues.  He also serves as lead police practices expert for a settlement between the ACLU and City of Chicago addressing stop and frisk issues.  Mr. Barge has previously served as the Deputy Monitor of a consent decree between the United States and City of Seattle, which addressed use of force and discriminatory policing issues.  A lawyer, Mr. Barge was a litigator specializing in mass torts and complex litigation at the law firms of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan in New York.  He is a graduate of N.Y.U. School of Law and Georgetown University.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ian Samuel the Policing Technology Fellow at the Policing Project, as well as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on the ways in which rapidly advancing technologies can disrupt legal institutions and the ways in which legal doctrine and the design of institutions should change as a result. He is the author of The New Writs of Assistance (forthcoming, Fordham Law Review), Warrantless Location Tracking (NYU Law Review, 2008), among other work. He received his JD, summa cum laude, from New York University School of Law, and clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Andrew Guthrie Ferguson is a national expert on predictive policing, big data policing, and emerging surveillance technologies.  Professor Ferguson currently teaches as a tenured full professor at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.  He is the author of the new book The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement (2017).  His legal scholarship focuses on the digital transformation of the criminal justice system and he is a frequent commentator in the national media.  In 2017 Professor Ferguson co-authored the law professors’ amicus brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of the Petitioner in Carpenter v. U.S., involving the warrantless collection of cell-site tracking data. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Ferguson worked as a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. As a public defender for seven years, he represented adults and juveniles in serious felony cases ranging from homicide to misdemeanor offenses. Before joining the Public Defender Service, Professor Ferguson was awarded the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship at the Georgetown Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. Immediately after graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Professor Ferguson holds an LL.M from Georgetown Law Center, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law (summa cum laude), and a B.A. from Williams College (cum laude).

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