Jeremiah Goulka, 40, writes about public safety, security, and American politics and culture. He is a frequent contributor to The American Prospect and TomDispatch, and his recent work has been featured in Salon, Truthout, The Huffington Post, and reposted around the internet.
These days, short-form writing is on hold while Jeremiah finishes work on a book.
Jeremiah was an analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he conducted research on criminal justice, diversity, and national security. He has studied issues ranging from anti-gang initiatives to DNA databasing to postal safety. He deployed to Baghdad to study detainee issues for the report, The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum, of which he was lead author. He served as the legal staffer for the Congressionally-mandated Military Leadership Diversity Commission, and he was a member of the RAND research team that helped end the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.
After Hurricane Katrina, Jeremiah was co-founder and de facto chief of staff of the Southeast Louisiana Criminal Justice Recovery Task Force, a joint local-state-federal effort to rebuild and reform the metropolitan New Orleans criminal justice system in the wake of the storm.
Jeremiah was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, hired in the Attorney General’s Honors Graduate Program. He worked in the Civil Division, Federal Programs Branch, representing the United States in constitutional, foreign affairs, and administrative litigation in federal and state courts. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk for Judge W. Eugene Davis on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Lafayette, Louisiana.
He has been as a Professor of Policy Analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a Visiting Fellow at the Northwestern University School of Law Center for International Human Rights, and a Tutor in American History at the University of Edinburgh.
Jeremiah received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an LL.B. from the University of Edinburgh Law School, and his A.B. in History from Bowdoin College. He spent his junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris.
An avid traveler, he has been to all fifty states and all six populated continents. In addition to traveling, Jeremiah likes running, swimming, cycling, yoga, hiking, camping, cooking, growing vegetables, reading, writing fiction, and playing slide guitar, ukulele, and harmonica (poorly). But now that he is a father, he doesn’t do many of these any more.
Jeremiah is a fellow of the British American Project. He lives with his wife and daughter on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.