Tom Nolan attended Boston University from 1988-2000 where he earned a master’s degree in 1991 and a doctorate in 2000. After teaching at the School of Human Services at Springfield College campuses in Manchester, New Hampshire and St. Johnsbury, Vermont for ten years, Dr. Nolan joined Boston University as an Associate Professor in 2004, where he taught courses in Forensic Behavioral Analysis, Crime and Punishment, Forensic Criminal Investigation, Criminal Procedure, Law Enforcement and Multiculturalism, Gender and Justice, and Policing the Urban Milieu.
Tom is regularly sought out for his expertise and commentary by local, national, and international media—print, radio, television, and the Internet.
Nolan accepted an appointment as a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) in Washington, DC in May 2011 and remained with DHS through May of 2012, traveling throughout the United States providing training and consulting on civil rights and civil liberties issues for state and major urban area fusion centers. DHS sought Tom’s expertise in the area of federal law enforcement use of force policies, sexual assault reporting procedures in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities, domestic extremist groups, as well as compliance with provisions of the Constitution pertaining to civil rights and civil liberties issues in the intelligence-driven collection and retention of information on individuals and groups.
Tom Nolan has been an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice at Boston University, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and Merrimack College. He has also taught at Tufts University and the Urban College of Boston.
Dr. Nolan is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology at Emmanuel College in Boston.