Sam joined the Criminal Justice Research Center in November of 2017. Sam double majored and received his BA degrees in Criminal Justice, Law, & Society and Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. While attending UCI, Sam studied the effects of positive emotions on physiological function as a research associate for the Stress, Emotion, and Physical Health Lab by running and recording participant data. Sam researched cannabis legalization policy under Dr. John Dombrink by collecting qualitative and quantitative data on cannabis dispensaries within the U.S as well as federal and state policy governing those dispensaries. Sam also taught an undergraduate class on 20th Century Terrorism, focusing on the psychological, political, and economic dynamics of the modern terror phenomenon. His research interests include drug policy, social networks, radicalization, and organized crime.