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Douglas A. Berman
Executive Director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Professor Berman’s principal teaching and research focus is in the area of criminal law and criminal sentencing and rapidly-evolving drug laws and regulations, with a special emphasis on the intersection of these issues. In addition to authoring numerous publications on topics ranging from capital punishment to the federal sentencing guidelines, Professor Berman has served as an editor of the Federal Sentencing Reporter for more than a decade, and is the sole creator and author of two widely-read and widely-cited blogs: Sentencing Law and Policy and Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform.
Professor Berman is frequently consulted by national and state policymakers, sentencing commissioners, and public policy groups concerning sentencing law and policy reforms. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and before numerous sentencing commissions. Professor Berman has appeared on national television and radio news programs and has been extensively quoted in major newspaper articles, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Legal Times, and in pieces from the Associated Press, Reuters, and Knight-Ridder news services.
Prior to joining the faculty of the Moritz College of Law, professor Berman was a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison in New York City and served as a law clerk for Judge Jon O. Newman and then for Judge Guido Calabresi, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Administrative Director, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Jana Hrdinová is the administrative director of the Drug Enforcement and Policy center. Prior to joining DEPC, Jana was an Associate Director at the Ohio State center for Real Estate, where she was responsible for managing the center’s activities and a Program Associate at Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was responsible for project development, planning, implementation, management, analysis, and writing. Prior to entering the academic world, Jana worked for U.S. Senator (Minnesota) Mark Dayton as deputy director for constituent services concentrating predominantly on immigration issues and advised Senator Dayton on immigration, worker’s compensation, and postal service policy issues. Jana holds a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.
Senior Research Associate, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Alex is senior research associate for the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. Her research interests include drug reform policy, criminal sentencing, and stratification. As a Research Associate, Alex designs, leads, and manages research projects at DEPC. Before joining DEPC, Alex completed a Ph.D. in sociology at The Ohio State University. Her doctoral work focused on gender, sentencing, and longitudinal change in sentencing disparities. While in graduate school, Alex applied her methodological expertise toward evidence-based research to inform litigation strategy and help non-profits achieve their intended goals. In 2016, Alex won the Richard Lundman Award for Teaching Excellence at The Ohio State University, where she taught courses on Criminology and Urban Social Problems for four years while pursuing her doctorate.
Public Engagement Specialist, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Holly Griffin is the public engagement specialist for the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. In this position, Holly develops and implements communications strategies to promote the center’s research, initiatives and events, and works to establish and maintain productive relationships with key stakeholders and policymakers. Holly manages the center’s social media presence as well as print and digital communications. Prior to joining DEPC, Holly was the communications and marketing coordinator for the Knowlton School at Ohio State. Holly’s background is in visual communications, project management, and nonprofit administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.
Research Librarian, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Emma MacGuidwin provides research support to faculty, students, and the public and is the library liaison to the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. She also teaches Legal Analysis and Writing I. Emma previously served as the library manager for a large Midwest law firm and has worked at the Michigan State University Law Library and the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library. She also has practiced law in the fields of ERISA, health care, and litigation. Following law school, MacGuidwin served as a law clerk for Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Emma graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law and served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Michigan State Law Review. She earned her master’s degree in library and information science from Wayne State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in English (High Honors) and History from the University of Michigan. Emma is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries, and the Columbus Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the State of Georgia, and various federal courts.
Program Manager, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Hannah is the program manager for Opportunity Port, a criminal justice initiative aimed at increasing the uptake of record sealing applications submitted in Franklin County, and coordinator for the Ohio Governor’s Expedited Pardon Project. Hannah’s background is in education, project management, and social entrepreneurship. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University, Hannah joined the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington D.C. as a teaching fellow. Hannah attended The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and received her Master of Business Administration in 2017. Prior to joining the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, Hannah served as a policy advisor in the office of Councilmember Rob Dorans at Columbus City Council where she focused on criminal justice program development and community engagement. In 2020, Hannah led a multidisciplinary team of technology, government, and legal professionals to the final round of the Alliance for the American Dream, a national competition for solutions to reduce inequality and relieve poverty in the United States.
Research Associate, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Dexter Ridgway supports the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center as a research associate. Dexter originally served in the role of research fellow. Prior to joining DEPC, Dexter attended the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and received a Master’s of Public Administration. Dexter obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from the Ohio Northern University in 2017. He has always been interested in the public sector, specifically public policy related to sustainable energy and cannabis. His past research includes work on the Electoral College, sustainable innovation, and the impact of a Voter-Friendly campus on youth voting participation. Dexter has served in leadership roles in numerous organizations and interned for a government affairs team in Washington, D.C.