The 2021 Mastrofski Lecture featuring Professor Rod K. Brunson

Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Online Location


Join us for the 2021 Mastrofski Lecture featuring Professor Rod K. Brunson for his talk: "Examining Racial Injustice in an Era of Over- and Under-Policing."

ROD K. BRUNSON is the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., Professor of Public Life in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (and the Department of Political Science) at Northeastern University. Prof. Brunson has received numerous professional awards in recognition of his distinguished body of scholarly work, most recently, American Society of Criminology, Fellow. Furthermore, Dr. Brunson co-directs the Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Network, an organization of social scientists conducting research on crime, inequality, and the criminal justice system.

Professor Brunson’s expertise centers on police-community relations, youth violence, and evidence-based criminal justice policy. He has consistently called for effective crime reduction strategies that do not result in racially disparate treatment of minority citizens and disadvantaged neighborhoods. Dr. Brunson’s scholarship appears in the Annual Review of Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, City & Community, Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Evaluation Review, Justice Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review.

Prof. Brunson will be presenting on “Examining Racial Injustice in an Era of Over- and Under-Policing.” There are dimensions of urban policing, requiring honest and thoughtful public discourse beyond simplistic explanations commonly used to dismiss police wrongdoing. Aggressive, ineffective policing strategies have contributed to volatile neighborhood environments, profoundly unraveling citizen trust and exacerbating unfairness in the criminal justice system. Objective examinations of contemporary policing are becoming increasingly polarized, unjustly characterizing meaningful critiques of misguided crime-control strategies as unpatriotic and anti-law enforcement. Given this backdrop, Dr. Brunson offers a nuanced analysis of Black citizen-police experiences, one that humanizes both parties – a dimension sorely missing from most current discussions of tenuous police-minority citizen relations.

The Mastrofski Lecture is an annual event that honors Emeritus Professor Stephen Mastrofski, the first Chair of Mason's Department of Criminology, Law and Society.

Sponsored by Department of Criminology, Law and Society.

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