Professor Ferguson joined the law faculty in 2010. He was granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2015. His articles have appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Northwestern Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the University of Southern California Law Review, and the Notre Dame Law Review among others.
Professor Ferguson’s recent book The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement (NYU Press) examines how surveillance technology and predictive analytics shapes modern policing. Professor Ferguson’s first book Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Constitutional Action (NYU Press) is the first book written for jurors on jury duty. (Book Review). He stars in the “Welcome To Jury Duty Video” in D.C. Superior Court seen by more than 30,000 citizens annually.
His legal commentary has been featured in numerous media outlets, including CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Economist, the Washington Post, Time, USA Today, the ABA Journal, The Atlantic (digital), The Huffington Post, and other national and international newspapers, magazines, and media sites.
Professor Ferguson serves as a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Policy Program. He also serves as a Policing Data Fellow at the NYU Law School’s Policing Project. Both projects focus on examining the civil rights, privacy, and public safety aspects of new surveillance technologies.
Professor Ferguson has had the honor of being voted “Professor of the Year” several times by the student body and in 2016 he received a University-wide Certificate of Commendation for his teaching and service.
Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Ferguson worked as a supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. As a public defender for seven years, he represented adults and juveniles in serious felony cases ranging from homicide to misdemeanor offenses. In addition to participating as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, he argued cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Before joining the Public Defender Service, Professor Ferguson was awarded the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship at the Georgetown Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic. For two years as a Prettyman Fellow, he taught and supervised third-year clinical students involved in the criminal justice clinic. Immediately after graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Professor Ferguson is involved in developing constitutional education projects in the Washington D.C. area. He is co-author of Youth Justice in America (CQ Press 2005, 2014), a textbook for high school students on their rights under the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments to the United States Constitution. He is on the Board of Directors of the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, a non-profit organization that teaches creative writing and poetry to juvenile defendants charged as adults in the District of Columbia.
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