Nathaniel Sheets

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Research Interests

  • Geography of police power; urban theory, politics, and development; racism and reform; culture and politics of policing and the policed; social power and self-defense.

Dissertation Topic: Progressive Orders: Twenty-First Century Expansion, Inequality, and Reform Of Police Power in Seattle

Advisor: Cindi Katz

Nathaniel is from Seattle, Washington, by way of California, where he obtained a B.A. in Geography from UC Berkeley in 2008. He subsequently worked in Los Angeles as a union organizer, while training and competing as an amateur athlete in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, and Mixed Martial Arts. He entered the Ph.D. Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences at The Graduate Center (CUNY) in 2012. His dissertation project charts the contested landscape and reform of police power in Seattle, Washington at a moment of unprecedented expansion fortified by the city’s progressive politics and culture.