Philip McHarris is a joint PhD student in Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University. His research interests lie at the intersection of race/ethnicity, urban sociology, inequality, and the criminal justice system. He is currently working on a research project that examines the origins and consequences of police militarization in the United States. In addition, he is presently working on a collaborative project with Dr. Robert Vargas (University of Wisconsin-Madison) that examines the causes of the growth in police expenditures in U.S. cities and suburbs. Philip is a recipient of the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. He holds a B.A. in sociology from Boston College.