Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tyler Wall

Dr. Tyler Wall is an associate professor for the EKU School of Justice Studies. He teaches on campus, as well as in the EKU Online Police Studies program.

How long have you been at EKU? drones_criminal_justice

This is my fifth year.

Why did you choose this field? 

You might say the field chose me. My Ph.D. is in an interdisciplinary Justice Studies program, and I never really intended to teach in criminal justice. But I was excited to join the Department of Criminal Justice (what is now the School of Justice Studies) as it is a nationally recognized program with a good reputation among scholars.I have enjoyed my time at EKU, especially my interactions with those students who display a sincere desire to critically think about the politics of justice.  

What are your areas of expertise? 

I study issues related to the politics of security and state violence, with the last few years focusing most of my energies on police power and police violence.  In general, my research explores the ways that “order” or “society” is produced and made over through various practices of state violence. More specifically, I have published articles on the use of aerial drones in “war and peace” and the class politics of police violence, such as the violent use of police dogs, or the cultural fantasies surrounding police killings, or the police “crackdown” on cameras, among other topics. 

What do you like most about teaching?  

I enjoy interactions with students, especially when it is clear that the student walks away from the class with a better understanding of the politics of and struggles over justice.  For me, teaching is also where I develop interest in new research topics, or where I sometimes accidentally make connections between issues that I had previously thought were unconnected.  Therefore, research and teaching mutually reinforce each other.  

How do you engage your online students?

I try my best to engage them through a variety of technical means:  discussion boards, emails, videotaped lesson plans, etc. But engagement can also be fostered through assignments and exercises that facilitates critical reflections and interactions between students and myself. 

Published on November 11, 2015