The protests for racial justice erupted amidst a global pandemic and shone a light on the ongoing problem of systemic racism in the United States. How to address the disparity in how minorities are treated, especially concerning policing, became of primary importance. Dr. Kelsey Shoub, co-author of Suspect Citizens What 200 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race, will discuss how even the most routine interaction between police and citizens, the traffic stop, can be a window into racial inequality. What is the answer? In Paul Hirschfield’s article, Policing the Police: U.S. and European Models, he suggests that we look to Europe. European policing is more centralized with national guidelines governing appropriate police behavior and extended training that focuses on de-escalation, and the use of non-lethal methods of problem solving. Could our friends across the Atlantic help us develop a better model of policing?
Kelsey Shoub is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina and faculty affiliate of the Center for Effective Lawmaking. Professor Shoub’s research and teaching interests span American Politics, Public Policy, and Methodology. Her work, more specifically, examines public policy process, race and policy, framing, and Congress using text analysis, machine learning, and big data. She is a co-author of Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Race and Policing (2018, Cambridge University Press), which is a co-winner of the 2019 Pritchett Book Award from the APSA Law and Courts Section. Suspect Citizens examines racial disparities in policing in North Carolina following a traffic stop, potential sources of those disparities, and potential policies to address them. She has also published in Politics, Groups, and Identities.
She earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2018. She did her undergraduate work at the Ohio State University. Before becoming a faculty member at South Carolina, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia with the Center for Effective Lawmaking.
Dr. Paul Hirschfield is an Affiliated Professor in the Program in Criminal Justice, as well as Associate Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2003. He has focused on the causes and consequences of intensified surveillance and criminalization, especially of youth. His past research focused on the impact of juvenile arrests on educational attainment and educational inequality, as well policies and programs that facilitate the transition from correctional to community educational settings. In recent years, he has shifted his focus from criminalization to de-criminalization and non-criminalization. With respect to de-criminalization, he has written on the expansion of positive and restorative alternatives to exclusionary discipline and school-based arrests. With respect to non-criminalization, he is currently studying the social, political, and legal dynamics that explain why on-duty police violence rarely leads to criminal charges.
Dr. Hirschfield has applied qualitative and quantitative methods to various other theory- and policy-driven research projects. He participated in separate experimental evaluations of the impact of the Moving to Opportunity program and the Comer School Development Program on rates of juvenile court involvement. With support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (U.S. Department of Justice) and the Spencer Foundation, Hirschfield conducted a study of the impact of mainstream and alternative school re-enrollment on the reentry success of young ex-offenders in New York City. His work has appeared in Criminology, Sociology of Education, Theoretical Criminology, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and elsewhere.
Moderated by Capt. Stacey L. Owens, MCJ, a member of the NAMI Board of Directors and President of the Executive Board of NAMI Greenville. He is also a retired captain for the Greenville Police Department in Greenville, SC, and was the Greenville Police Department’s first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) coordinator.
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