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PAR Symposium on Policing and the Use of Force

In Partnership with Public Administration Review

March 2, 2017 | 1 p.m. ET

Policing and race has been a topic well studied over time, but the recent number of police interactions with African Americans has brought renewed attention to the subject. Law enforcement is a critical institution in many societies as officers are the street-level bureaucrats charged with ensuring that laws are adhered to, while also protecting the rights of all those who fall within their jurisdiction.

Recently, a symposium addressing policing and race was published in Public Administration Review (currently available online). Several of the authors included in the issue will discuss their research and other salient issues. This lively discussion will also include suggestions for improving police-community interactions and areas for future research.

John Eterno (Molloy College)
John Eterno is professor, chair and associate dean in criminal justice and legal studies at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York. He earned his Ph.D. at SUNY Albany. He is also a retired Captain from the New York City Police Department. Eterno was the managing editor and now sits on the Board of Editors for Police Practice and Research: An International Journal.  He is on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Law Enforcement Professionals on Long Island. Eterno has authored/edited six books including The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation (CRC/Taylor and Francis) and published in prestigious scientific journals such as Justice Quarterly, Public Administration Review and The International Journal of Police Science and Management. He has written numerous editorials, book chapters and other pieces including an op-ed that appeared in the New York Times entitled, "Policing by the Numbers.”  He regularly appears in media such as National Public Radio, CBS and many other outlets. 

Alfred Ho (University of Kansas)
Alfred Ho's teaching and research focus on public budgeting, performance management, citizen engagement and e-government. He has also advised state and local officials in the U.S. and in other countries on their performance-oriented reforms. Before he joined KU he taught at Iowa State University and Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He received his MPA and Ph.D. from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University—Bloomington.

Jay Jennings (University of Texas-Austin)
Jay Jennings (Ph.D., Temple University) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas—Austin. His research focuses on political and civic engagement in the United States and more specifically on the relationship between social institutions and the capacity of citizens to effectively participate in politics. His work draws on the fields of political psychology, public opinion and political communication.

James L. Perry
(Indiana University)
James L. Perry is an internationally recognized leader in public administration and the study of public organization management. He joined Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs faculty in 1985 and serves as distinguished professor emeritus and chancellor's professor of public and environmental affairs emeritus. He is also affiliate professor of philanthropic studies. Perry's 40 years of scholarship includes expertise in public management, public organizational behavior, government and civil service reform, national and community service, public service motivation and performance-related pay. Perry has held faculty appointments at Yonsei University, University of California—Irvine, The University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Wisconsin—Madison. Perry is Editor in Chief of Public Administration Review

James D. Ward (Rutgers University—Newark )
James D. Ward teaches in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University—Newark. His current research interests include local government reform, collaborative governance, state and local government fiscal and policy issues, public sector performance (sub-national, national and transnational perspectives) and institutional commitments to diversity (including race and public policy). He is author [with Mario A. Rivera] of Institutional Racism, Organizations and Public Policy (Peter Lang Publishing, 2014) and is currently working on two other books, Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations: Beyond Reform (Routledge) and Policing and Race in America (Lexington Books). He was chief organizer and chair of the mini-Conference on Policing and Race (January 29-30, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio), which he spearheaded in association with his role as co-guest editor of Public Administration Review’s special issue on policing and race, which examines policing and race from both domestic and international perspectives. Ward has published extensively on social justice issues in relation to law enforcement racial profiling, local government reforms and service delivery, and fiscal management.

Charles E. Menifield, Moderator (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Charles E. Menifield is a professor and the associate dean for academic programs in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri—Columbia. He has written five books and numerous articles, and book chapters examining issues related to budgeting and financial management, public health and welfare, transparency in government, criminal justice and minority politics.  His recent research has appeared in State and Local Government Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly and the Journal of Public Budgeting Accounting and Financial Management.