Policing Colloquium: The Cutting Edge of Public Safety

Professor Barry Friedman

Professor Maria Ponomarenko


Mondays, 4:10 to 6:00 p.m.

Vanderbilt Hall, Room 208


2 credits

There is hardly a day goes by that policing is not on the front pages of the day’s media. And no wonder why: policing is a vital government function, but the powers we bestow upon police have the potential – if not exercised properly – to threaten the most basic values in our constitutional republic. This is true whether we are talking about street policing practices, including stop-and-frisk, racial profiling, and use of force, or technology-based policing like drones, predictive policing algorithms, facial recognition, or body cameras.

The Policing Colloquium invites legal and social science scholars, and practitioners, to campus to discuss their work on policing. This year the theme for the course is The Cutting Edge. We will take up some of the hottest issues in policing. Scholars will come to discuss their works in progress, while some cutting-edge practitioners will tell us what they are up to. Students will write “pre-action” papers and one longer paper on the issues the seminar deals with.


SPRING 2019 Schedule of Presenters

January 28, 2019

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Population Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin
Paper: Police Pushback: Contestation of and Resistance to Big Data


February 11, 2019

Asst. Professor of Applied Statistics, NYU Steinhardt and Asst. Professor of Urban Informatics, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress
Paper: An Analysis of Traffic Stops in Nashville


February 25, 2019

Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Paper: Against Prosecution


March 11, 2019

Professor, Dept. of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine
Paper: How Valuable are Civil Liberties?


April 1, 2019

Presenter: Rick Smith
CEO & Founder, Axon
Paper: The End of Killing (book excerpt)


April 15, 2019

Presenter: Jessica Gillooly
PhD Candidate in Sociology and Public Policy, University of Michigan
Paper: "Lights and sirens": 911 Operators and the Construction of High-Priority Incidents
             Figures       Fieldsite Chapter

April 29, 2019

Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University
Paper: Police Use of Lethal Force