Brenden Beck is a doctoral student in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center with an expected graduation date in 2017. His dissertation, titled “Broken Windows in the Cul-de-sac: Racial threat, inequality, and policing in the changing suburbs”, examines how police in suburban departments have responded to an influx of poor and minority residents by adopting misdemeanor-focused policing strategies. He is at work on an article with Adam Goldstein about police budget increases during the housing market boom of the 1990s and early 2000s. He also studies inequality and rural prisons.