Patrick Rafail

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Tulane University. I completed my PhD in sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. I also hold a BA in sociology and an MA in sociology and social statistics from McGill University.

I am a political sociologist and my substantive research and teaching interests focus on social movements/collective behavior, protest policing, state repression, social control, sociology of punishment, and complex organizations. I am also interested in applied statistics, particularly Bayesian methods, semiparametric analysis, and machine learning.

My research examines the policing of protest, and I am particularly interested in the structural underpinning of variability in protest policing, which I link to meso-level patterns in crime control, social control, and social stratification. I also have research projects on the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, and the development of machine learning software.