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Visiting Faculty, Experts, and Affiliates
Sarah Brady Siff
Visiting Assistant Professor
Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University
Dr. Siff is a historian of modern U.S. law and politics specializing in the history of drug control. The DEPC is supporting her work on two book manuscripts. “Tough on Dope: Crime and Politics in California’s Drug Wars” is a survey of local and state drug prohibition efforts from 1850 to the mid-1960s, including issues of federalism and constitutional law. “Weed Killers: Cannabis Eradication in the United States” covers the unsuccessful, century-long campaign of American marijuana prohibition with an emphasis on agricultural and environmental policy as well as law enforcement. Siff’s 2019 article “Burn, Sell, or Drive: Forfeiture in the History of Drug Law Enforcement” in the Ohio State Law Journal proposes that customary drug-related seizure and forfeiture practices in the United States are rooted in founding-era tax law.
A former journalist, Dr. Siff has written a number of historical articles for a popular readership including “Policing the Police: A Civil Rights Story” and “Toxicology, Conspiracy, and History.” She is copy editor for Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective and contributing editor for Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society. She will offer a seminar on the historical impact of drug control on policing and civil liberties, titled Drug Law Enforcement & the Bill of Rights, in Spring 2021.
Distinguished Cannabis Policy Practitioner in Residence
Drug Enforcement and Policy Center
Shaleen Title is an Indian-American attorney and longtime drug policy activist who currently serves as vice-chair of the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition. She was appointed by the Massachusetts governor, attorney general, and treasurer to serve as one of five inaugural commissioners of the Cannabis Control Commission from 2017 to 2020. During her time as a regulator, she was named to the Boston Magazine, Boston Business Journal, and Worcester Business Journal lists of most powerful people and was widely recognized for her focus on racial justice and her efforts to make the cannabis industry more fair and inclusive. Before her term as commissioner, she worked on multiple state marijuana legalization campaigns, and as a founding board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association she led the drafting of the first model bill created to give states guidance to implement a process of reinvestment and reconciliation.
Shaleen is a frequent lecturer on cannabis policy and has testified in front of governmental bodies around the world about restorative justice in marijuana laws. She has been interviewed by PBS NewsHour, Politico, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, and the Guardian, and her tweets have been mentioned in the New York Times and on Vice News, MSNBC, and several NPR stations. She routinely partners with leading drug policy organizations to support drug policy reform, particularly the decriminalization of drug possession and the utilization of marijuana laws to bring economic justice to the people most heavily impacted by the war on drugs. Shaleen is an alumna of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a public magnet school with an emphasis on developing problem solvers, and she holds a business degree, law degree, and graduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.
Andrea M. Headley
McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University
Andrea M. Headley is a public management and criminal justice scholar whose research investigates the relationship between local government agencies and the community. Her research has focused within the context of policing to understand how organizational, managerial, and individual level factors affect public service delivery and outcomes. Further, her work has explored the causes and consequences of outcome disparities and inequities in policing. Her prior research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and she has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, honors, and fellowships. She has worked with various public service organizations to conduct both applied and engaged research on issues pertaining to police-community relations. She uses these experiences to help inform her teaching and further her scholarship. Formerly, she was an Assistant Professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, a Faculty Member in the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center in the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State, and a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Florida International University and B.S.Ed. from the University of Miami.
Assistant Professor and Director
Center on Addiction Law & Policy at Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Alex Kreit is a leading expert on illegal drug and marijuana law and director of the Center on Addiction Law & Policy at Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Previously, he was director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a co-director of the Criminal Law Fellowship Program. He is author of the casebook Controlled Substances: Crime, Regulation, and Policy, published by Carolina Academic Press, and co-author of the annually updated reference book Drug Abuse and the Law Sourcebook, published by Thomson Reuters (with Gerald F. Uelmen). Professor Kreit is frequently quoted in the media on drug policy and marijuana law issues, having appeared in news outlets including the Christian Science Monitor, the Fox News Channel, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, VICE News and the Wall Street Journal.
Before coming to Thomas Jefferson, Professor Kreit worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco and clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Kreit has taught in Hangzhou, China and Nice, France in Thomas Jefferson’s study abroad programs and as a visiting faculty member at Boston College Law School. He continues to practice law as a member of the Appellate Defenders Inc. panel, representing indigent defendants in state criminal appeals.
Professor Kreit is actively involved in the community. He was a member of the City of San Diego’s Ethics Commission, which is responsible for monitoring, administering, and enforcing the City’s governmental ethics laws. From 2009 to 2010, he served as Chair of the City of San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force.