Roger J. Chin is a passionate and dedicated public policy professional with more than ten years of experience in the public sector. He is a faculty associate in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University and a PhD candidate in Political Science and Information Systems at Claremont Graduate University. He is also a research associate at Small Wars Journal and the Claremont Colleges. His research interests include criminal justice policies, social policies, transnational criminal organizations, and national security. Because of his ardent interest in serving the public and giving back to the community, Chin has dedicated his career to tackling sensitive and critical issues that are often overlooked. His work contributes to greater social awareness and societal change, and highlights opportunities for more effective policies.
He brings essential practical experience from his time as a criminal justice practitioner to his academic research and teaching. While working in the criminal justice system, he often encountered situations that epitomize the conflicts between theory and practice. After studying numerous research about public policies, he realized the theories he was reading were often in direct conflict with what he was observing. This resulting curiosity led him to return to academia to seek answers that could explain why the difference between theory and practice exists and how, if possible, to bring the two into harmony. On the basis of his experience, he now conducts mixed-methods research on topics related to public policy to help bridge this gap and provide understandings beneficial to society.
His paper on the contentious stop-and-frisk policy was honored as the doctoral manuscript of the year by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. His academic success and passion for learning have also been recognized by the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association, American Society for Public Administration, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, George Mason University, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and Southern Political Science Association.
Recognized for his expertise, Chin has been invited to speak on numerous topics at universities, conferences, workshops, forums, and symposiums. He has been interviewed and had his research featured in different local, national, and international news media outlets. His research with Jean Schroedel of Claremont Graduate University on policing in the United States sparked a featured special investigation by CNN, Indian Country Media Network, and the magazine In These Times.
A native of California, he has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University, a Master of Public Administration from California State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.