Experimental design

Officer Diversity May Reduce Black Americans' Fear of the Police

Would police racial and gender diversification reduce Black Americans' fear of the police? The theory of representative bureaucracy indicates that it might. We tested the effects of officer diversity in two experiments embedded in a national survey …

Reducing Crime Podcast - Episode 42

At the 2021 ASC Conference, I was a guest on Ep. 42 of Jerry Ratcliffe's Reducing Crime Podcast

Measurement matters: Attitudinal v. behavioral survey questions

Our survey experiment suggests the wording of questions about police fairness matters.

What Does the Public Want Police to Do During Pandemics? A National Experiment

**Research Summary**: We administered a survey experiment to a national sample of 1,068 US adults in April 2020 to determine the factors that shape support for various policing tactics in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Respondents were sharply …

Body-worn cameras and transparency: Experimental evidence of inconsistency in police executive decision-making

Body-worn cameras (BWC) have diffused rapidly throughout policing as a means of promoting transparency and accountability. Yet, whether to release BWC footage to the public remains largely up to the discretion of police executives, and we know little …

Now in print: Three experiments concerned with the Demeanor Hypothesis

Published Open Access in Journal of Experimental Criminology.

Compliance, Noncompliance, and the In-between: Causal Effects of Civilian Demeanor on Police Officers’ Cognitions and Emotions

Three experiments showed that citizen demeanor affects officers’ emotions and cognitions, independent of compliance

Demeanor and Police Culture: Theorizing How Civilian Cooperation Influences Police Officers

We revisit classic literature regarding the effects of citizen demeanor on police attitudes and behaviors

Demeanor, Race, and Police Perceptions of Procedural Justice: Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments

Experiments with officers from two agencies showed citizen demeanor affects their willingness to exercise procedural justice