Selfie taken at the Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland

Welcome! :)

I am an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at Marymount University, in Virginia.

I received my PhD in Criminology and Public Policy  from American University in 2017.  

My research interests lay at the intersection of performance measurement (Efficiency) of criminal justice institutions and comparative criminology, with a focus on developing countries. 

An important strand of my research examines the efficiency of criminal justice institutions and, in particular, of police organizations. I have conducted comparative research on this topic in various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also working with governments to design and evaluate the performance of their criminal justice sector to inform policy and program design that can lead to a more efficient use of public resources.

Another strand of my research studies focuses on evaluating public policies in developing countries by analyzing large administrative datasets.  Research areas include policing, the justice system, and youth-at-risk issues.  In addition to my research interests, I have ongoing collaborative research projects in Spain, Mexico, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, and the US. 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at ealda (at) marymount.edu.

Research Interests