Frank Edwards is a sociologist broadly interested in social control, the welfare state, racism, and applied statistics. His research explores the causes and consequences of the social distribution of state violence. One set of projects draws attention to child protection systems as key sites of state violence and racial stratification. A second set of projects uses novel data and methods to provide analyses of the prevalence and distribution of police violence in the US. His research has been published in outlets including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Sociological Review, and the American Journal of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington in 2017, and is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University - Newark.