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2020–2022: NIH/NIDA postdoctoral fellow, HIV and Other Infectious Consequences of Substance Abuse (T32DA013911), The Miriam Hospital/Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Ph.D., Philosophy, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.Phil., En route to the doctorate, The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.A., Criminal Justice, John Jay College, CUNY
M.P.A., Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
A.B., Dartmouth College, Philosophy
Brandon del Pozo, PhD, MPA, MA, an assistant professor at Brown University, conducts NIH-funded research at the intersection of public health, public safety, and justice, focusing on substance use, the overdose crisis, and violence.
Prior to his research career, Dr. del Pozo served as a police officer for 23 years. Nineteen were spent in the New York City Police Department, where he started on patrol in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, went on to command two patrol precincts, deploy to Amman, Jordan as an intelligence liaison, and serve in the police commissioner's office. He also spent four years as Chief of Police of Burlington, Vermont, where he directed the city's interdisciplinary response to the opioid crisis. His efforts were associated with a substantial and sustained reduction in opioid overdose deaths, and he was the 2016 recipient of the Police Executive Research Forum's Gary Hayes Award for excellence in police leadership.
Dr. del Pozo's popular writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chicago Tribune, Vital City, and the New York Daily News. His book, The Police and the State: Security, Social Cooperation, and the Public Good, was published in 2023 by Cambridge University Press.
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