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David Briand earned his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in American Studies. His research focused on the roots and consequences of the extension of state power in 20th Century United States, most notably in the dramatic rise in mass incarceration of minorities during the “War on Drugs” and in the United States’ repressive foreign and domestic policies of detainment during the “War on Terror.” David’s thesis argued that the arrest and imprisonment of the Newburgh Four was the result of dual criminalization, a phenomenon in which race and Islamophobia combined to turn four petty criminals into enemies of the state. David was previously the editorial assistant to the Rule of Law Oral History Project, and prior to joining CCOH, he was the program director for WZBC FM in Newton, Massachusetts, as well as an intern at 826Boston, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.