Nathan began his tenure at MFJ in February 2016 as a Research Intern from SUNY Geneseo, where he majored in Sociology and minored in Psychology. After taking a course on the sociology of deviance, Nathan became drawn to the field of criminology, and grew particularly interested in the role that big data plays in this space. As a Research Intern, Nathan nurtured that passion as he assisted the Research Team with coding of case-level data, assessing the availability of publicly accessible court data, and developing guidelines for future data acquisition.
Since joining MFJ full-time as a Research Assistant in June 2017, Nathan has contributed to a number of research ventures, most of which center on sourcing and analyzing contextual data. Early on he was influential in developing an imputation strategy to account for missingness in FBI UCR data. Over time his role has evolved to focus primarily on MFJ’s Legal Context project, which involves researching and codifying statutory laws in order to provide users of MFJ’s data portal with relevant contextual information for its Measures.
In early 2020, Nathan transitioned to the role of Senior Research Associate. Currently, his primary research interests include studying PL-280 and similar laws as they relate to tribal sovereignty, as well as an ongoing dedication to managing the Legal Context and other contextual data projects. More recently, he has taken on project management responsibilities for MFJ’s nascent Policing project. The work Nathan does allows him to tap into and leverage his fascination with the legal system, specifically the perspective gained by looking at the system through a historical lens. By better understanding the context surrounding its evolution, he has developed a newfound appreciation for the deliberative process of these systems.
A Rochester native, Nathan currently lives in Plattsburgh, NY, where he enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring new places and scenery in New York’s “North Country.” In his free time, Nathan enjoys mixing house records and painting.