Matthew Pate was a senior research fellow with the Violence Research Group in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. He was formerly the Director of Institutional Security with the Department of Arkansas Heritage; a field agent with the Arkansas Crime Information Center; and an officer with the Pine Bluff, Arkansas Police Department. He has served as an advisor and consultant to hundreds of police agencies. He is also the former editor of the Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture. Pate holds a doctoral degree in criminal justice from the University at Albany, where his dissertation was selected as the Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation for 2010-2011. Pate also holds master’s degrees in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; environmental design from the University of Georgia; and sociology from the University of Central Arkansas; and a bachelor’s degree in history from Hendrix College.