Abdul Nasser Rad is Managing Director, Research & Data at Campaign Zero and an applied researcher focused on the political sociology of US criminal legal systems. In his role at Campaign Zero, Abdul Nasser, is responsible for shaping the research agenda, oversight of data platforms, and improving research rigor across the organization.
Abdul Nasser joined Campaign Zero from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) where he was responsible for research and data initiatives for the Police Reform and Reinvention Implementation Taskforce, Office of Neighborhood Safety, Case Processing, and Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes. Previously, he was a researcher at the Vera Institute of Justice where he led research efforts focused on 911, Arrest Trends, and a range of other policing projects that were focused on alternatives to enforcement. He started his work in the criminal legal space investigating police misconduct, correctional abuse, and wrongful conviction cases.
Currently, he is completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Oxford (Nuffield College) as a Clarendon Scholar. His academic research has been published in Journals such as the American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings and the Annual Review of Criminology.
He holds an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford and a B.A. from the City University of New York (Hunter College). He was elected as a member of the Council on Criminal Justice in 2022. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, he spends time out of work making art, playing soccer, or finding other ways to engage in restorative practices.