Christopher M. Sun
Research Scientist


Mr. Sun is a research analyst at CNA. He is an expert in planning and executing evidence-based technical assistance, training, and coaching for law enforcement and education stakeholders; running large-scale research and technical assistance operations; and communicating complex scientific and technical information in a user-friendly and intuitive manner. He also brings a decade of experience developing and implementing research-practice partnerships from initiatives with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Mr. Sun is the project manager for BJA's Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) initiative. He leads a team that supports more than 60 law enforcement agencies across the nation that are developing and implementing innovative, evidence-based policing practices. Mr. Sun oversees execution of training and technical assistance (TTA) for all SPI sites, including coordinating with a network of law enforcement and research subject matter experts on TTA needs of sites; identifying supports to meet these needs; and managing the work flows of all SPI TTA.

Prior to joining CNA's Justice Team, Mr. Sun served as deputy director for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia, where he oversaw all technical assistance and research activities for the Lab. Through this effort, Mr. Sun worked directly with the Virginia Department of Education to examine if schools were disproportionately suspending students and referring them to law enforcement based on race or gender.

Mr. Sun holds a master's degree in public policy and administration from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.


May 24, 2019

A just-released report by CNA, SPI: Reflections on 10 Years of Innovation, is an in-depth look at the strategies and innovations police departments across the United States have put into place to reduce crime in rural and urban communities. Read more.

October 17, 2017

CNA Education releases Measuring College Readiness Under ESSA: Admissions and Placement Exams by Michael Flory and Chris Sun.

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