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Expertise: Criminal justice, policing, civil rights, public safety

Ed Chung is a senior fellow at American Progress. His work focuses on shrinking the footprint of the criminal justice system while making it fairer, more equitable, and more effective. Chung has developed a variety of policies and legislation around policing reform, comprehensive public safety strategies, sentencing and prison reform, and opportunities for those who are justice-involved. His work has been cited in The New YorkerSlate, and The Washington Post, among other national publications, and he often appears as a subject matter expert on media platforms such as NPR and Sirius XM.

Prior to joining American Progress, Chung was a senior adviser and special counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on criminal justice, policing, and civil rights issues at the Office of Justice Programs and the Civil Rights Division. In those capacities, he created a national initiative for building trust between the justice system and the communities it serves; coordinated the Obama administration’s violence reduction and second chance efforts under the My Brother’s Keeper initiative; led an interagency effort to reduce the use of military equipment by law enforcement; and worked to increase national collection of data related to criminal justice and policing. Chung also was a federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division and received the John Marshall Award for successfully prosecuting the first case under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

Since receiving his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, Chung’s experience has included serving as senior policy adviser at the White House Domestic Policy Council; counsel to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary; and assistant district attorney at the New York County District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. He holds a master’s in international affairs from the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, and a bachelor’s in political science from Boston College.

By Ed Chung
The Appeal’s Daniel Nichanian on the Fight for Voting Rights in 2020Center for American Progress ActionOctober 22, 2020
The Economist’s G. Elliott Morris on Forecasting the 2020 General ElectionCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 8, 2020
Mother Jones’ David Corn on the First Trump-Biden Debate and a Peak Inside the President’s TaxesCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 1, 2020
Remembering Justice Ginsburg, and Former Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt on the Future of Health CareCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 24, 2020
Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad: The West Coast Is on FireCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 17, 2020
AFT President Randi Weingarten on How the Trump Administration Failed Our Kids, Parents, and TeachersCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 11, 2020
2020’s Next Phase, Plus the Future of Policing With Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 3, 2020
Supermajority’s Juanita Tolliver on Engaging the Black ElectorateCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 27, 2020
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the 2020 DNC and Governing To Meet the MomentCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 20, 2020
Jennifer Palmieri on the New Era for Women in PoliticsCenter for American Progress ActionAugust 13, 2020
The Legacy of John Lewis, and Amber Torres on How Indian Country Is Responding to the PandemicCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 23, 2020
New School Professor Maya Wiley on the Struggle for Equal Justice in AmericaCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 16, 2020
Modeling a Path Forward With Newark Mayor Ras BarakaCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 9, 2020
Director Dawn Porter on Her New Documentary ‘John Lewis: Good Trouble’ and the Need for Activism in the Modern AgeCenter for American Progress ActionJuly 2, 2020
Donald Trump’s Ongoing Culture of Corruption and How To Effectively Contact Trace, With CAP Action’s Adam ConnerCenter for American Progress ActionJune 25, 2020
A Landmark Win for the LGBTQ Community, With Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso DavidCenter for American Progress ActionJune 18, 2020
A New Age in Police Reform With Roy Austin, Former Deputy Assistant to President ObamaCenter for American Progress ActionJune 11, 2020
Black Lives Matter, and a Conversation With Rep. Joe NeguseCenter for American Progress ActionJune 5, 2020
George Floyd, Christian Cooper, and Being Black in AmericaCenter for American Progress ActionMay 28, 2020
CREW’s Noah Bookbinder on Government Oversight in the Trump EraCenter for American Progress ActionMay 21, 2020
Dr. Keisha Callins on the Coronavirus Pandemic in GeorgiaCenter for American Progress ActionMay 14, 2020
Houston Dreamer Jesus Contreras on Frontline Health Care Work in the Age of the CoronavirusCenter for American Progress ActionMay 7, 2020
New York Assemblyman Michael Blake on the Coronavirus in the BronxCenter for American Progress ActionApril 30, 2020
Dr. Angela Rasmussen on Studying the Novel Coronavirus and Other Infectious DiseasesCenter for American Progress ActionApril 23, 2020
David Daley on Unrigging America’s Broken DemocracyCenter for American Progress ActionApril 9, 2020
Unpacking the Economic Impact of COVID-19 With Sarah May Whitelake and CAP Action’s Gbenga AjiloreCenter for American Progress ActionApril 2, 2020
US Air Force Veteran Sarah Samere on the Hurdles of Testing for COVID-19Center for American Progress ActionMarch 26, 2020
10 Years of the Affordable Care Act, With Patient Advocate Peter MorleyCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 19, 2020
Topher Spiro on State and Local Government Response to the Coronavirus PandemicCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 17, 2020
Ben Wikler on Rebuilding Progressive Organizing Infrastructure in WisconsinCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 12, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Dr. Zeke Emanuel on Managing the Coronavirus OutbreakCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 9, 2020
Super Shake-up on Super Tuesday With SKDK’s Doug ThornellCenter for American Progress ActionMarch 5, 2020
The Rev. Leah Daughtry on the Stakes of the South Carolina PrimaryCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 27, 2020
All Bets Are Off Heading Into Nevada, With BuzzFeed’s Addy BairdCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 20, 2020
A Muddled Field: Breaking Down the Primary With Jonathan MartinCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 13, 2020
Rep. Eric Swalwell on President Trump’s Culture of CorruptionCenter for American Progress ActionFebruary 6, 2020
Exposing the Trump Administration’s Obstruction With Kate BrannenCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 30, 2020
Trump’s (Witnessless) Impeachment Trial and NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue on the Anniversary of RoeCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 23, 2020
John Podesta on Donald Trump’s Impeachment TrialCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 16, 2020
New Year, Same Trump-Induced Chaos, With Mieke EoyangCenter for American Progress ActionJanuary 9, 2020
A Mandate To Be on the Right Side of HistoryCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 19, 2019
Impeachment Inquiry 301: Articles UnveiledCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 12, 2019
Unraveling 2020 Twists With Amanda TerkelCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 5, 2019
Giving Thanks and Also SubpoenasCenter for American Progress ActionDecember 2, 2019
Hitting the Quid Pro QuotaCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 21, 2019
Impeachment Inquiry 201: Public HearingsCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 14, 2019
Cornell Belcher Gets Real on 2020 PollingCenter for American Progress ActionNovember 7, 2019
Breaking Down the Latest on Impeachment—Plus, Harris, Booker, and Steyer Visit the Justice Voters 2020 ForumCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 31, 2019
Nayyera Haq on the Trump-Induced Crisis in Syria (And Yes, Impeachment)Center for American Progress ActionOctober 24, 2019
Rep. Ted Lieu on Syria, Impeachment, and AccountabilityCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 17, 2019
Trump’s Ukrainian Affair With ‘The Asset’s’ Max BergmannCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 10, 2019
Impeachment Inquiry 101 With Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuadeCenter for American Progress ActionOctober 3, 2019
Impeachment and Joy-Ann Reid on the 2020 PrimaryCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 27, 2019
Stacey Abrams and the Fight for Voting RightsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 19, 2019
Navigating Purple State Politics With Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffeCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 12, 2019
25 Years After the 1994 Crime Bill, Voters Back Criminal Justice ReformsCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 10, 2019
Do 2020 candidates care about criminal justice?USA TodayJune 7, 2019