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Race and Law Enforcement Symposium

In recent years, a number of violent encounters involving police and racial minorities have taken place across the United States.  High-profile incidents have occurred in New York City (Eric Garner), Sanford, FL (Trayvon Martin), and Ferguson, MO (Michael Brown) and have generated strong public reaction. Protest movements have emerged  in response, like “Black Lives Matter,” and have been helped along by the support of celebrities, like NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. They have also been criticized by major political figures, like President Donald Trump.

While scholarship on race and law enforcement exists, it has been dominated by sociologists and criminologists. So existing research often overlooks broader political science issues, like the nature of state-citizen interactions, the organization of government power, and the essence of democratic accountability and responsibility.

The Race and Law Enforcement Symposium brings together leading political science scholars from across the country to investigate these issues, using rigorous social-scientific methods and approaches and a variety of objective data. In doing so, we hope to better understand the mechanisms at the heart of critical questions for our nation today.






Papers are available only to symposium participants. (Please refer to the password sent to participants via email.)


Out-of-town guests will be staying at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC, located at 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Refer to the email from Anne Johnson for confirmation numbers, and you can contact the Radisson with any other questions (213) 748-4141.





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